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NTSB: “The engineer was set up to fail” in 2017 Amtrak derailment that killed 3 near Dupont, Wash.

(Source: Tacoma News Tribune, May 21, 2019)

TACOMA, Wash. — 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.

Full story: Tacoma News Tribune

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

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