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Train Crash Alarms U.S. Congress

Jessica Brito2 years ago

A train crash in Philadelphia remains under investigation as authorities try to determine whether human error was the reason for the crash.

Amtrak Crash Leaves Questions

According to Reuters, a congressional hearing has caused different opinions to flourish concerning the cause of crash, including a Republican house aide telling reporters that investigators suspect that the train hit a speed of 106 miles per hour in zone of 50 miles per hour, causing the train to derail.

Transportation safety officials will appear before a congressional panel on Tuesday to discuss their investigation of the derailment and crash of the train that unfortunately killed eight and injured about 200 others.

Officials Held Accountable

The chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, Christopher Hart, will be testifying to the House of Representatives’ Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on the train incident.

In addition to Mr. Hart, Amtrak President Joseph Boardman, acting administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, Sarah Feinberg, and Head of the Brotherhood of locomotive Engineers, and trainmen Dennis Pierce, will all be part of the witness table as well.

The idea that the crash was caused by speeding still remains a theory as investigators also view the possibility the train had mechanical problems at the moment of the crash. However, if mechanical problems would have been an issue, regulators would have likely acted already by conducting locomotive checks on similar trains.

Congress Steps Up to Incident

Following the crash, House Republicans approved a $1.14 billion fund for Amtrak next year, which is $262 million less than the current fund requested by President Obama.

The testimony will hold the final word for the investigation of the train crash.

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