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Positive Train Control (PTC) Delayed on Metro-North for Another Two Years

Positive Train Control or PTC, the technology that can automatically slow trains in dangerous sections of track, will not be installed in the Metro-North rail system for another two years after federal regulators gave the railroad a deadline extension. Metro-North, the New York City-based commuter rail operated by New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA), was supposed to have PTC up and running on all of its trains by Dec. 31, 2018. The rail says it has achieved critical benchmarks in its implementation of PTC technology across its 800 miles of track, but it needs more time to complete installation and ... Read More

Conductor’s Widow Sues Amtrak, CSX Over Deadly South Carolina Crash

Amtrak and CSX are facing a lawsuit filed by the widow of the train engineer who was killed Feb. 4 when Amtrak Train 91 was wrongfully diverted onto a side track, where it collided with a CSX freight train near Cayce, South Carolina. Attorneys for Christine Cella and her two children filed the lawsuit against Amtrak and CSX alleging negligence in the operation of a track switch caused 36-year-old Michael Cella’s death. The collision also killed 54-year-old Amtrak engineer Michael Kempf and injured 116 passengers and crew aboard the train, which was traveling from New York to Miami. The National ... Read More

Investigators Look At Mechanical Failures, Engineer Health In Deadly NJ Transit Train Crash

The NJ Transit commuter train that crashed inside the Hoboken terminal in September, killing one and injuring more than 100 others, had faulty brakes and multiple other safety defects in the months before the crash, maintenance records show. In January, railroad inspectors found that a “hand brake gear pin” on one of the train cars was “completely out,” New York City’s Pix11 reported. Three months later, inspectors found brake damage and at more than a dozen other safety defects. In April, another hand brake was found to be in disrepair. Federal investigators are still working to determine why the Pascack ... Read More

NTSB Recovers Data Recorder from Crashed Commuter Train, Questions Engineer

Federal investigators said they have recovered a data recorder from the rear of the New Jersey TRANSIT commuter train that crashed inside the Hoboken train station Thursday morning, injuring more than 100 people and killing one woman. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators should be able to extract information from the data recorder about the train’s speed and braking. They are also trying to extricate another recorder from the heavily damaged front controlling car without damaging it, which could provide additional clues. So far, nobody knows what caused the NJ TRANSIT Pascack Valley Line to enter the train terminal at ... Read More

One Dead, Several Injured After High-Speed Train Crash Inside Hoboken Station

At least one person is dead and more than 100 others injured after a packed New Jersey Transit commuter train entered Hoboken Terminal at a high rate of speed for unknown reasons Thursday morning during rush hour and crashed inside the station. The train was traveling NJ Transit’s Pascack Valley Line, which runs between Hoboken and Spring Valley, N.Y., passing through Hudson and Bergen Counties in New Jersey and Rockland County in New York. The train had departed from Spring Valley at 7:23 a.m. and was scheduled to arrive in Hoboken at 8:38. One witness who was on the train when ... Read More

Distraction, Lost Situational Awareness Led to Deadly Philadelphia Amtrak Crash, NTSB Says

The engineer of the Amtrak that derailed and crashed in Philadelphia last year was distracted by radio reports about an emergency situation on another train, federal investigators said in a final report of the disaster that left eight people dead and injured more than 200 others. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has extensively interviewed Amtrak train 188 engineer Brandon Bostian, 32, over the past year to determine how a “qualified, experienced and apparently alert engineer” could have pulled the throttle to its highest position ahead of a notoriously sharp bend in the rails. The train sped to 106 mph, ... Read More

Another Philadelphia Amtrak Crash Kills Two, Injures Dozens

Federal safety investigators were dispatched to the Philadelphia area Sunday to investigate the crash of an Amtrak train that killed two railroad employees when it collided with a backhoe on the tracks in Chester, Penn. Amtrak’s Train 89 traveling from New York City to Savannah, Ga., partially derailed when it hit the backhoe shortly before 8 a.m. just south of the Philadelphia international Airport. In addition to the two worker deaths, the impact sent more than 30 passengers to local hospitals. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FAA) will head the investigation. It remains unclear ... Read More

Momentary Confusion, Rock Thrown At Train Likely Contributed To Amtrak 188 Crash

When Amtrak 188 derailed and crashed in Philadelphia last year, killing eight people and injuring hundreds of others, investigators quickly honed in on Brandon Bostian, the train’s engineer, to understand what caused the worst U.S. rail disaster in decades. Ruling out drugs or alcohol and lack of experience, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) endeavored to find if maybe Mr. Bostian, who strongly advocated for better railroad safety in past years, may have been distracted by his cell phone when he lost control of the train. But it turns out another distraction, coupled with what investigators call “lost situational awareness” ... Read More