NTSB to Announce Silver Star Collision Cause

A July 23 hearing has been set by the National Transportation Safety Board to determine the probable cause of a February 2018 collision between Amtrak’s Silver Star and a parked CSX auto rack train.

A preliminary investigation has already determined that a switch left lined from the main into a siding routed the Miami-bound passenger train into the path of the auto rack train near Cayce, South Carolina.

The board will meet at 9:30 a.m. to issue its findings in a proceeding that will be webcast.

Following the collision, the NTSB asked the Federal Railroad Administration to issue an emergency order regarding operations in territory in which the signal system has been turned off for maintenance or an upgrade.

The signals governing the CSX tracks used by the Star were out of service so workers could install positive train control equipment.

The collision killed the conductor and locomotive engineer of the Amtrak train and left 90 others onboard injured.

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