Update: Woman Uninjured After Car Wreck with Amtrak Train
August 12, 2019 – A woman walked away miraculously unscathed on Sunday after her car hit an Amtrak train in Jacksonville, Florida, and flew off the tracks, according to WFTV 9 ABC. A spokesperson from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says the woman lost control of her vehicle after swerving to miss a railroad crossing arm as it was coming down, and rammed the train’s front 2 engines. The train was traveling about 45 miles per hour when the impact occurred, the spokesperson said, and the impact of the crash decoupled the engines and tore off the front end of the woman’s car. However, despite the seriousness of the crash, the woman walked away uninjured.
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2 killed, 100’s Injured Hurt When Amtrak and Freight Train Collide
An Amtrak train headed from New York to Miami has collided with a parked freight train, killing 2 and injuring at least 116 others, according to CNN.
The railroad maintenance crew had disabled the signal system to install technology known as positive train control, which is designed to automatically slow a train down to prevent the exact kind of crash that occurred, a cruel twist of irony that strikes at the senselessness of the tragedy.
In response to the accident, Robert L. Sumwalt, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), on Sunday criticized the lack of the safety system on the track, saying that the technology could have prevented the accident.
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Investigators Recover Data Recorder from Wreckage
Sumwalt said Monday that the train’s event data recorder had been uncovered, and that it could help determine conclusively the series of events that took place leading up to the crash.
“We want to find out why this switch was in that position,” Sumwalt said.
Man Killed in Amtrak Train Crash Identified
August 9, 2019 – Authorities have released the name of a man killed last week in a crash involving an Amtrak train and a pickup truck in Marion, Texas. The man, 62-year-old Leo Barnett of Cibolo, Texas, was killed at the scene, according to Guadalupe County Sheriff Investigator Sgt. Zachary McBride. He said there are no crossing arms at the place where the tracks cross the road, and that Barnett might have accidentally been on the tracks at the time the train struck the pickup.
“From what we understand, he was a frequent visitor to the location where the wreck happened,” McBride said. “He went over the track frequently and may not have paid attention and it was purely an accident.”
Driver Dies After Being Hit By Amtrak Train In New Hampshire
July 29, 2019 – A driver was killed after their car was hit by an Amtrak train in Newton, New Hampshire, according to CBS Boston. The vehicle and train collided around 5:50 p.m. on Sunday, Amtrak said. It is still uncertain how the car managed to remain on the tracks when the train passed through.
CSX agrees on blame for deadly Amtrak crash
July 24, 2019 – CSX is agreeing with federal officials who say the company is responsible for the Amtrak crash that killed 2 people and hurt nearly 100 passengers in South Carolina last year, according to the Washington Post. CSX spokeswoman Cindy Schild says the company’s rules and procedures were not followed when one of its crews parked a train on a side track near Columbia and then didn’t flip a switch to move the tracks back to the main line. The Amtrak train then went down that side track at full speed and hit the parked train head on.
“It Was Bodies Everywhere”: South Carolina Amtrak Train Crash Witness
February 7, 2018 – Investigators say Amtrak Train 91 was traveling south on Sunday and should have continued straight down the tracks, but a rail switch had been manually set to divert the train onto the track where a CSX train was parked. Sadly, the collision killed 2 employees, an engineer and a conductor, according to investigators.
“It was bodies everywhere,” one eyewitness told ABC News. “The seats came up off the floor.”
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