Fatal Amtrak crash is new challenge for rail service

Fatal Amtrak crash is new challenge for rail service

All passengers have now been removed from the train, South Carolina Emergency Management Division said in a statement, and a reception centre has been established at Pine Wood School, according to Lexington county officials.

A CNN investigation found that engineers and conductors had complained to supervisors that they were not adequately trained for the new route before the crash of Amtrak 501. But I defer to those who are experts in that and do have the correct information. "He was voicing concerns about getting killed".

The passenger train was part of Amtrak' Silver Star Service, and the wreck occurred about 5 miles (8 km) southwest of Columbia. The 36-year-old conductor, Michael Cella, of Orange Park, Florida, also died. Two people were in critical condition, but most other injuries were limited to cuts, bruises and whiplash, authorities said.

Investigators recovered a camera from the front of the Amtrak train and were looking for the data recorders from the two trains.

The Amtrak train engineer and conductor were killed, and more than 100 people were rushed to nearby hospitals.

In an exclusive interview, Rich tells us he was close to his brother and spoke to him nearly daily.

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Rich says he did receive a call from Amtrak this morning confirming that his brother was not at fault. "He was a good guy". Callanan described Cella as a family man and said Cella had recently bought a house. "He was a pleasure to be in class with and Mike was a pleasure to work with", Callanan said. He said Amtrak and transportation and rail officials have to invest more in technology to make the crossings safer and educate people about them. He admits the train was running behind schedule, but said the train was not speeding because they were late. "I want his legacy to be that they improve safety on the railroad because of what happened Sunday". In December, three people were killed when an Amtrak passenger train derailed in Washington state, near the city of Tacoma, sending cars flying off a bridge and onto a busy interstate road.

Sumwalt said during a February 4 press conference that the Amtrak train was traveling on CSX tracks owned by CSX.

According to the Association of American Railroads, Positive Train Control was created to compensate for the factors that led up to the Cayce, SC crash, i.e. Train-to-train collisions, Unauthorized incursions onto sections of track where maintenance activities are taking place, and movement of a train through a track switch left in the wrong position.

The southbound passenger train's locomotive was lying on its side, and the first auto was bent and also derailed, although it remained upright, according to images from the scene in the small city of Cayce, South Carolina. In this case, the switch was locked, but in the wrong position, Sumwalt said.

Today, as we mourn those lives lost and the Nation Transportation Safety Bureau continues to investigate, we pray for those in our City, our region and around the nation that were impacted by this tragedy. He said the crew came through the cars "really quickly" and got everybody off the train.

"It could have avoided this accident", Sumwalt said.

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