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>> Crews cleaning up after an Amtrak derailed in Washington state, killing three and wounding a hundred more. Monday's deadly crash came on the inaugural run of a new high speed line. And officials say it was travelling at 80 miles an hour in a 30 miles an hour zone when it jumped the tracks.
This comes at a time of high scrutiny over Amtrak's safety record. Reuters, Daniel Trada.>> Even before this accident, the National Transportation Safety Board had issued a fairly scathing attack on Amtrak's safety culture. This came out after a recent accident that they said could have been prevented under certain conditions, and Amtrak in response did come out with something of a mea culpa, an internal memo, that told employees that they could and would do better.
We still have to receive the final report to determine the exact cause, but all indications are at this point that speeding was a factor.>> Positive train control, a system that automatically slows trains if they're going too fast, had not been installed on that track. Authorities determined that the 2015 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia, which killed 8 people and injured more than 200, could have been prevented through that technology.
>> Positive train control has not yet been implemented nationwide. Congress mandated that it be implemented nationwide by the end of 2015. When it became obvious that wasn't gonna happen, they extended the deadline to the end of 2018.>> According to the most recent data available, less than half of Amtrak's locomotives have positive train control.
President Trump used the occasion to urge the passing of a infrastructure program he has yet to submit to Congress. But the crash doesn't necessarily speak to an infrastructural issue.>> A lot money, millions of dollars had been spent upgrading this system, both the tracks, new locomotives were purchased and safety review had been conducted prior to this inaugural run.
The indications are it's not necessarily an infrastructural problems in this case because the upgrades had recently been made.