Posts Tagged ‘Amtrak crashes’

Attorney Says Cascade Trainset Was Defective

June 8, 2018

An attorney representing a passenger injured in the December 2017 derailment of an Amtrak Cascades Service train is claiming that the trainset involved in the crash had electrical problems that prevented it from braking properly.

Attorney Jim Vucinovik said he learned of the problem from a whistleblower.

“Amtrak knew that there was an electrical failure of that trainset before it was put into service that morning,” Vuconovik said. “There was a shutdown between the head-end locomotive and the rear locomotive, which are normally linked electronically. Rather than fix that, or get to the root cause of that problem, they de-linked that rear unit which then meant that the rear locomotive unit was not available for braking and/or throttle effect.”

Three passengers were killed in the derailment near DuPont, Washington, and more than 60 others were injured.

A preliminary findings of the National Transportation Safety Board was that the train was traveling at more than twice the posted speed limit just before reaching the curve where it derailed.

NTSB Sets Hearings in 2 Amtrak Crashes

May 25, 2018

The National Transportation Safety Board will hold hearings on July 10-11 into two Amtrak crashes that resulted in multiple fatalities.

The hearing will be held in Washington and may be watched live via webcast.

Testimony will be taken from the Federal Railroad Administration; the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers; the Brotherhood of Locomotives Engineers and Trainmen; the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen; CSX; Sound Transit; Amtrak; the Washington State Department of Transportation; and the Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission.

One of the derailments involved a Cascades train going off the rails on Dec. 18, 2017, in DuPont, Washington, killing three passengers.

The other crash occurred on Feb. 4 near Cayce, South Carolina, when the southbound Silver Star collided head-on with a CSX auto rack train in a siding. That crash killed two Amtrak crew members.