February 25, 2018

Misaligned switch caused Amtrak-CSX train crash in Cayce

08 February 2018, 09:36 | Darnell Patrick

The location of the crash in Cayce South Carolina

The location of the crash in Cayce South Carolina

Robert Sumwalt, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, said Sunday afternoon that there's no evidence of foul play, although the FBI is assisting in the investigation. And while no one knows exactly why the most recent accident happened, some experts have already said this most recent crash-and the one in Washington-could have been prevented if the trains were using a technology known as positive train control, or PTC.

The lead engine and several passenger of Amtrak Train 91, which was operating from NY to Miami, derailed after coming "in contact" with the freight train, Amtrak said in an emailed statement.

An Amtrak passenger train traveling an estimated 50 miles per hour ran off a main track Sunday in Lexington County, S.C., and smashed into a parked train, killing two people. Several freight railroads have previously told the government they won't be able to meet the 2018 deadline. On its website, the company says it's also been limited by lengthy review processes needed to implement the system on 15,000 miles of track. Sumwalt also said the Amtrak train had nine crew members.

This is the second train accident in less than a week.

Amidst the tragedy that all of the 139 passengers and 8 Amtrak employees experienced, first responders, medical personnel at area hospitals and even the passengers themselves acted with tremendous fearlessness as they worked together to free fellow passengers and get them to safety. Richard Blumenthal of CT said the nation's railroads must be made safer, declaring, "Business as usual must end". It caused it to divert from the main line and onto a side track, where the freight train was parked.

Sumwalt told reporters he had not been briefed about what the CSX workers said.

In a separate statement, Amtrak emphasized that CSX owns and operates the tracks where the accident happened, in addition to the signal systems. "People were screaming. I thought I was gonna die, I didn't think I was gonna survive that".

Palestinian Teenager Shot Dead After Alleged Stabbing Attack Against Israeli Guard
This step entails seizing thousands of dunums of Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank . A second security guard then shot and killed the assailant, the army said.

Oneida County native becomes Detroit Lions' new head coach
Getting here, unbelievable welcome from the Ford family. "So if he is, they're getting a great coach". And, honestly, a common ground that we both understand is how we both envision a team being run.

Texas officer shot and killed, suspect in custody
Greg Abbott called the officer's death "a loss to all enforcement and everyone in our great state". NBC 5 reports a male civilian also was wounded by gunfire but his condition is unknown.

Suddenly awake, Larkin said the train was shaking and jumping and his seat broke loose, slamming him into the row in front of him. Other passengers were bleeding. And 116 people were taken to four hospitals, according to the governor.

The locomotives of both trains were left crumpled, the Amtrak engine on its side.

Two of the 116 people injured remained in critical condition overnight, officials said.

The passenger train's locomotive was left lying on its side, and the first vehicle was bent and also derailed, although it remained upright, images from the scene showed. Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher identified the men as 54-year-old Michael Kempf of Savannah, Georgia and 36-year-old Michael Cella of Orange Park, Florida. It was the third deadly wreck involving Amtrak in less than two months. Autopsies were being conducted, she said.

The wreck came just days after a chartered train for Republican members of Congress heading to a retreat collided with a garbage truck in rural Virginia, killing the truck driver.

Matthew Cheeseman, superintendent of Perquimans County Schools, said he was in one of the cars that derailed outside of Columbia early Sunday.

Other News

Trending Now

Trudeau Says 'Peoplekind' Comment Was Just Just A 'Dumb Joke'
Conservative Canadian Member of Parliament Michelle Rempel said on Twitter: "On behalf of Parliament, to the woman he interrupted, I apologize for his behavior.

Former Uber CEO Kalanick says relationship with 'big brother' Google soured
The outcome of the case will likely determine which company will in the cutthroat and rapidly growing autonomous vehicle sector. Despite those hopes, Kalanick became anxious when rumors swirled that Google was testing its own ride-hailing service in 2015.

Penguins beat Golden Knights to spoil Marc-Andre Fleury's homecoming
Pens goaltender Matt Murray stopped 21 of 25. - Fleury had 17,774 saves, the most in Penguins franchise history. With that in mind, Fleury wants desperately to win the game, but isn't looking forward to proving anyone wrong.

Render Vs. Reality: How the Real Ranger Raptor Matches Our Guess
Today, Ford officially revealed the Ranger Raptor , an extreme off-road version of its popular midsize pickup truck . Updated styling to the rear includes flush sensor bezels and specially packaged and styled tow connectors.

Now Google might make a game console and game-streaming service
Google has started and cancelled gaming projects in the past, and right now there's no telling if this ever sees a release. The company has tested several versions of the tech so far and is said to be targeting "top tier" gaming developers.

US Attacks Pro-Assad Forces In Syria, Escalating Tensions
Artillery and tank rounds were used by pro-Bashar Assad soldiers against the US-backed Syria Democratic Forces on Wednesday. United States forces reportedly responded to an "unprovoked attack" by Syrian pro-regime forces with airstrikes.

Georgia boy with Down syndrome chosen as 2018 Gerber baby
For the first time in the 91-year history of the Gerber baby brand, a baby with Down syndrome was selected as the company's 2018 "spokesbaby".

Tesco equal pay claim could set supermarket giant back £4bn
Pam Jenkins, who has worked for the supermarket for 26 years, told the BBC: "We should be brought up to [the same pay] level". Ms Lee said that Tesco was a good employer, signing up to a number of gender equality projects over a number of years.

Jaguar Land Rover Sales in US, Europe Weigh on Tata Profit
Its Ebitda margin stood at 9.0%.· Further, it made an investment of Rs 1,021 crore in products, platforms and technologies. On NSE, shares of the company tumbled 5.14 % to end at ₹375.45. "The company is getting aggressive on all fronts.

Market rout: Rs 5 lakh crore investor wealth eroded in two days
The RBI kept the key policy rate unchanged at 6 percent for the third consecutive time today in view of firming inflation. When the market was making new record highs, the midcap and smallcap indices had begun their descent on January 23.