Eastern Carolina school superintendent, family on derailed Amtrak train

Feb 08, 2018, 09:37
Eastern Carolina school superintendent, family on derailed Amtrak train

The crash that killed two Amtrak crew members and injured more than 100 other people wouldn't have happened under a safety system the National Transportation Safety Board has been seeking for decades, says NTSB chairman Robert Sumwalt.

Palmetto Health spokeswoman Tammie Epps said two of the six patients remaining in the system's three hospitals remained in critical condition Monday morning. "You could clearly tell the train was coming off the track".

NTSB investigators survey damage at the scene of the accident. "Key to this investigation is learning why it was lined that way".

"The expectation for the Amtrak crew is that they were clear", Sumwalt said.

Kempf was the engineer, while Cella was the conductor.

Cella, a married father of two, was soft-spoken and always smiling, friend Michael Callanan told wistv.com.

Larkin said he was on his way to Florida when he was awoken by the crash. "Our first responsibility is to take care of the victims' families and those in the train when the accident happened".

A Miami-bound Amtrak train collided with a CSX freight train around 2:35 a.m. Sunday, killing two and injuring at least 116.

Authorities say the Silver Star from NY to Miami with almost 150 aboard, struck the empty CSX train around 2:45 a.m. Sunday.

"It's becoming nearly like an epidemic for Amtrak", said Najmedin Meshkati, a University of Southern California engineering professor who has studied positive train control.

As daylight broke, the crash scene revealed a tangle of crushed freight cars and part of the Amtrak train lying on its side.

He says their early into their probe, and they're just trying to collect any evidence that they could lose immediately. "So we wanted to get them out of the cold, get them out of the weather - get them to a warm place", sheriff's spokesman Adam Myrick said. "PTC is created to mitigate mistakes like this", said Robert Sumwalt, the chairman of the NTSB, after the most recent crash, according to the New York Times. It said CSX owns and maintains the area where the crash occurred. On its website, the company says it's also been limited by lengthy review processes needed to implement the system on 15,000 miles of track. "CSX controls the dispatching of all trains, including directing the signal systems which control the access to sidings and yards". Officials said it was traveling at 80 miles per hour in a 30 miles per hour zone.

President Donald Trump tweeted his condolences around midday. "My thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims involved in this morning's train collision in SC", he tweeted.

Amtrak set up a passenger information line at 1-800-523-9101.

After a collision between a commuter train and a freight train in Chatsworth, California, that killed 25 people, Congress passed a law in 2008 requiring railroads to adopt the technology on all tracks that carry passenger trains. Lexington Medical Center said they had received 27 patients, all with minor injuries, and they are all being discharged.

At least three patients were hospitalized in critical or serious condition, with almost all the rest treated for minor injuries such as cuts, bruises and whiplash, authorities said.

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