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Sunday, February 04, 2018

An Amtrak passenger train traveling at an estimated 50 mph ran off a main track Sunday in Lexington County, smashed into a parked train and killed two people in what's considered one the worst railroad accidents in recent South Carolina history. As many as 116 people were injured in the early morning crash that occurred in a wooded area near a collection of small neighborhoods west of Columbia. Investigators focused on whether the crash in the Pine Ridge-Cayce area was caused by a misaligned track switch that sent the Amtrak veering off course. President Trump weighed in on the wreck Sunday, with the White House expressing "thoughts and prayers'' for all affected by the accident. The two people killed in the train wreck were identified as Amtrak employees, Michael Kempf, 54, of Savannah, Ga., and conductor Michael Cella, 36, of Orange Park, Fla. The company issued a statement saying it "was deeply saddened'' by the day's tragedy.

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The wreck brought back memories of a fatal 2005 railroad accident in Graniteville, a small South Carolina community. That wreck killed nine people when a speeding freight train rain off a main track and ran into a parked train car. The impact sent a cloud of toxic chlorine over Graniteville that was blamed for the deaths.

South Carolina also has had other major train wrecks in the past 25 years. Among those was a 1991 crash in Kershaw County that killed seven passengers near the small community of Lugoff.

In 2015, two CSX freight trains collided in Allendale County, causing a chemical spill.

The National Transportation Safety Board was on the scene Sunday and was collaborating with state railroad investigators to determine the accident's cause.

One issue under investigation is the position of a track switch. Initial reports indicated the switch was misaligned, causing the passenger train to run off the main track, Allen said.

If that proves true, it would be similar to the cause of both the Graniteville and Lugoff wrecks in South Carolina.

After the Graniteville wreck, the federal government began working to implement positive train controls on many trains, including passenger lines.

But implementing the system has been delayed, and Allen said positive train controls were not in place to warn the Amtrak train of problems ahead.

Positive train controls act like a braking mechanism.


Why weren't these controls in place?

This is what constant deregulation looks like.

#1 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-02-04 04:05 PM | Reply

Federal officials focus on why railroad switch was set in the wrong position in S.C. Amtrak crash that killed 2
www.washingtonpost.com

Federal safety officials are focusing on why a railroad switch was set in the wrong position sending an New York-to-Miami bound Amtrak train with more than 140 people aboard off the main line and onto a side track where it collided with an empty freight train early Sunday.

Lack of training? Manpower shortfall? Poor oversight?

We'll soon see.

#2 | Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-02-04 06:31 PM | Reply

Trains are for losers.
-Dotard

#3 | Posted by bored at 2018-02-04 06:37 PM | Reply

Lack of training? Manpower shortfall? Poor oversight?

We'll soon see.

Posted by PinchALoaf at 2018-02-04 06:31 PM | Reply

Most switches have been replaced with time delay or automatic switching. Sounds like poor oversight.

#4 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-02-04 06:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Why Isn't The Dotard Bragging About Train Safety?"

Because he thinks everyone should take their limos and jets wherever they're traveling.

#5 | Posted by Tor at 2018-02-04 07:24 PM | Reply

To easily rebut an oft said liberal meme about Trump being fascist: it isn't a fascist government if it can't make the trains run on time.

#6 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-02-04 11:07 PM | Reply

That was airline safety he was touting. He's using the 3 recent Amtrak crashes to push infrastructure spending.

#7 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2018-02-05 06:45 AM | Reply

Dems need to get on board with Trump's infrastructure plan.

Their "resistance" is causing people to die.

#8 | Posted by sawdust at 2018-02-05 08:34 AM | Reply

Is the------------------- going to South Carolina to pass out paper towels?

#9 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2018-02-05 08:36 AM | Reply

"Dems need to get on board with Trump's infrastructure plan."

His plan to privatize our highways you mean. Tolls to go anywhere will limit mobility.

#10 | Posted by danni at 2018-02-05 12:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Dems need to get on board with Trump's infrastructure plan.

Their "resistance" is causing people to die.

#8 | POSTED BY SAWDUST

Hardy har har! Trump's 2018 budget proposal includes cuts to rail.

#11 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2018-02-05 02:54 PM | Reply

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