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NTSB: No evidence Amtrak crew was using any electronic devices

22 Décembre 2017

They will also look at what could have affected the engineer's ability to operate the train, like medical problems, personal issues or distractions.

It's unclear why the train was traveling at a high speed in a 30-mph zone.

Anderson said the company's safety culture can continue to improve and said the crash should be seen as a "wake-up call".

"They said we were still on the tracks due to mechanical difficulties, I think it was", Shafer told OPB.

But despite the overwhelming evidence it could save lives, Congress extended the deadlines for railroads to implement positive train control.

Union Pacific, the nation's largest freight carrier, said it was spending about $2.9 billion on the technology. The agency says it could've prevented 150 crashes since 1970.

A video from Monday's fatal accident showed the locomotive tilting and the crew bracing for impact as it headed at 80 miles per hour into a 30 miles per hour curve in track near DuPont, Wash., according to investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

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A Metro-North train crashed in New York City in 2013, killing four people, when an engineer with sleep apnea dozed off. The bypass was upgraded to allow passenger trains to gain time by getting off of BNSF tracks that are heavily used by freight trains.

It is activated on the tracks Amtrak owns along the Northeast Corridor, from Boston to Washington, D.C., and on Amtrak's MI line. He said the NTSB will work to recreate the last moments of the Washington train's movement and will consider everything from mechanical issues, to something on the track, to speeding. Sensors have been installed, but the system needs to be synchronized, tested and certified before it goes online, Sound Transit spokeswoman Rachelle Cunningham said.

The National Transportation Safety Board's investigation could take up to a year or longer before a final report is issued.

Speed control technology which could have prevented a fatal train derailment near the USA city of Seattle was not active at the time of the crash, authorities have said.

A 2008 Metrolink crash in California that killed 25 people pushed PTC to become a hot-button issue on Capitol Hill.

Amtrak 501 was supposed to leave Seattle's King Station at 6 a.m. Monday, Dec. 18, but some passengers reported hearing that the train was delayed due to mechanical issues. "It's using the best technologies available to complement what the human engineer is doing - the human element of it".

NTSB: No evidence Amtrak crew was using any electronic devices