A federal board questioned representatives from railroads and the Federal Railroad Administration as it gathers information about possible reforms after a fatal train crash near Cayce earlier this year
The National Transportation Safety Board has not concluded its investigation into the crash that killed two Amtrak employees. Preliminary investigation determined the Amtrak train crashed into a parked freight train because a switch was wrongly set to divert the Amtrak train off the mainline and onto the siding where the freight train was parked.
The Managing Safety on Passenger Railroad hearing also addressed a 2017 Amtrak derailment in DuPont, Washington.
“Our purpose for being here is to make sure that things like this don’t happen again,” NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said. “We also hope that the hearing will help to answer questions that you may have.”
An Amtrak representative told the panel that nearly all of the tracks the passenger rail line runs service on are owned by other railroad companies. [Read more…]