Amtrak accident News

Amtrak Failed to Observe Speed Warnings Before Fatal Maryland Crash

Five months ago, in a scathing report on a 2016 accident in which two track workers were killed, U.S. safety investigators urged Amtrak to slow its trains when they pass work crews. The nation’s passenger rail service didn’t follow the …

‘No-Fault’ Pacts with Railroads Hold Amtrak Liable for Accidents It Didn’t Cause

Federal investigators are still looking at how CSX railway crews routed an Amtrak train into a parked freight train in Cayce, South Carolina, last weekend. But even if CSX should bear sole responsibility for the accident, Amtrak will likely end …

Amtrak Didn’t Wait for System That Could’ve Prevented Washington Wreck

The rush to launch service on a new, faster Amtrak route near Seattle, Wash. came at a deadly cost: none of the critical speed-control technology that could have prevented a derailment was active before the train set off on its …

Amtrak in Washington 50 Mph Over Speed Limit Before Deadly Derailment

Federal officials confirmed an Amtrak train was hurtling 50 mph over the speed limit when it careened off an overpass south of Seattle, spilling cars onto the highway below and killing at least three people. Bella Dinh-Zarr, a National Transportation …

Investigators Say Amtrak Engineer Was Distracted Before 2015 Philly Crash

The Amtrak engineer at the controls of a speeding train that derailed in Philadelphia last year, killing eight people, was distracted in the moments before the accident, U.S. investigators are preparing to conclude at a meeting Tuesday. The National Transportation …

Unions Urge Amtrak to Put 2nd Crew Member in Locomotives

The union for Amtrak’s locomotive engineers urged the railroad on Tuesday to put a second crew member at the controls of trains on the busy Northeast Corridor, where a derailment killed eight people and injured more than 200 others. “The …

Amtrak Sued by Train Crash Victims Over Deadly Derailment

Six passengers on an Amtrak train that derailed May 12 in Philadelphia, killing eight and injuring more than 200, sued the railroad claiming the accident could have been avoided. The first of the lawsuits listed injuries suffered by four victims …

Federal Railroad Administration Orders Safety Improvements for Amtrak

Federal regulators ordered Amtrak, the U.S. passenger rail service, to immediately improve safety on its Northeast Corridor route from Washington to Boston. Amtrak must expand the use of technology to control train speeds, the Federal Railroad Administration said in a …

Amtrak Will Resume Northeast Runs Monday as FBI Examines Engine

Amtrak will resume passenger service in the Northeast corridor on Monday, a day earlier than planned, after replacing track near Philadelphia damaged in a fatal derailment last week. The first trains will leave New York’s Penn Station at 5:30 a.m. …

Amtrak Employee Injured in Philadelphia Crash Files Suit Seeking $150K

An Amtrak employee who was on the train that derailed Tuesday in Philadelphia accused the railroad company of negligence and seeks more than $150,000 in damages. Bruce Phillips suffered a traumatic brain injury and multiple contusions and lacerations in the …