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NTSB delivers report on causes of 2017 Amtrak derailment near DuPont

Dec. 18, 2017 derailment @ I-5
Credit: Washington State Patrol

“Human error, safety oversights caused 2017 Amtrak derailment that killed 3 near DuPont”

“An Amtrak train derailment near DuPont that killed three and injured dozens happened because the engineer lost track of where he was on the route and was going more than twice the speed limit when he hit a curve, the National Transportation Safety Board announced Tuesday.

“The agency also blamed Sound Transit for not sufficiently mitigating the danger of the sharp bend, Amtrak for not better training the engineer, Washington State Department of Transportation for not ensuring the route was safe before green-lighting a passenger train and the Federal Railroad Administration for using rail cars beneath regulatory standards.

“‘The engineer was set up to fail,’ said NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt,” by Stacia Glenn, The Olympian.
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  • UPDATE: May 24, 2019

“Final report details complacency before deadly 2017 Amtrak derailment”

“The National Transportation Safety Board has published its final report on a deadly Amtrak derailment in Washington state in 2017,” by Gene Johnson, Associated Press, KING 5 Staff. Read more

Posted by Steve on May 21, 2019 at 8:00 pm | Permalink

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