A federal probe is trying to determine why a switch was in the wrong position, sending an Amtrak train into a freight train and killing two in South Carolina.
A passenger train slams into a freight train parked on a side track in South Carolina, the third deadly wreck involving Amtrak in less than two months.
The train was making the inaugural run on a new route in Washington state as part of a $180.7 million project designed to speed up service.
The fatal derailment May 12 did not deter the House Appropriations Committee from slashing Amtrak funding the very next day. Congress could fund its massive infrastructure bill without raising taxes, but the conservative-controlled Congress seems to have other plans for the nation’s profitable public assets.
While Amtrak officials may have been devastated, they could not have been surprised: The accident confirmed clear vulnerabilities in the safety system, shortcomings that the rail company's internal watchdog had been warning about for more than two years.
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