Washington Amtrak Train Over Speed Limit 50 MPH During Derailment

Washington Amtrak Train Over Speed Limit 50 MPH During DerailmentDuring the Amtrak train derailment that occurred in Dupont, Washington on Monday morning, the train was clocked traveling 50 miles over the speed limit on the tracks. The National Transportation Safety Board confirmed these results after their initial investigation of the fatal train accident which left at least three victims fatally injured. Around 7:34 am, the train slid over the edge of an overpass of Interstate 5, and was traveling 80 miles per hour in a 30-mile zone. Several falling train cars hit about five vehicles, and over a hundred individuals were hospitalized, including two victims who are critically injured, and more than ten who sustained serious injuries. Although officials still have not discovered why the Amtrak train derailment occurred, they established that “positive train control”, which can decrease or increase the speed of the train, was not used at that point in the trip.

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