AMTRAK TRAIN TRAVELED AT 80 MPH, FAR OVER 30 MPH LIMIT, BEFORE DERAILING

Publish Date: 
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 1:00pm

LATE MONDAY NIGHT, AN AMTRAK TRAIN JUMPED THE TRACKS AT A SPEED OF 30 MPH AND CAREENED INTO A BUSY HIGHWAY. At least three people were killed and 100 were injured, officials said. The train was bound from Seattle to Portland, OR, and was traveling 50 miles per hour over the speed limit of 30 mph.

This accident mirrored Amtrak's worst disaster in 2015 when a train derailed at more than 100 miles per hour in Philadelphia, killing eight people.

The N.T.S.B. reported that Amtrak had a "weak safety culture" last month; this was stemmed from an investigation in 2016 accident that killed two train workers.

Federal law requires railroads to have positive train control, which would automatically slow trains is they are exceeding speed limits or approaching dangerous conditions, by the end of 2018. Railroads were originally supposed to have the systems in place by 2015, but Congress postponed the requirement by three years.

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Original Article was written by Kirk Johnson and Richard Perez-Pena of The New York Times. Photo was taken by Ruth Fremson of The New York Times.