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.
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“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.”
Signal System Down for Safety Upgrades Before Accident
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 the wake of 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.
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