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Amtrak train derailed on tracks that had automatic-braking technology — but it was still being tested

Amtrak train derailed on tracks that had automatic-braking technology — but it was still being tested

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Early assessments show the Amtrak commuter train was traveling 80 mph in a 30 mph zone before it careened over an overpass, killing at least 3 people and leaving several seriously injured. USA TODAY The fatal Amtrak crash south of Seattle occurred on tracks where equipment for automatic braking, which Congress has required on all railroads by the end of 2018, was installed but was still being tested.

Train 501 was going 80 mph Monday in a curve posted for 30 mph when several cars derailed and dangled off a bridge above Interstate 5, according to Bella Dinh-Zarr, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board that is investigating.

At least three people died and dozens were injured when 13 train cars jumped the tracks during the train’s inaugural run along a new bypass route. The train carried 85 passengers and crew members.

The board will spend months determining what role speed […]

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