NTSB: Amtrak 188 Engineer Likely Distracted By Radio Reports

(May 18, 2016, 11:18 AM EDT) -- WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Transportation Safety Board at a May 17 meeting announced its findings in a yearlong investigation into the May 2015 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight people and injured more than 100 others, saying that the train’s engineer was likely distracted by radio reports of another train accident and lost situational awareness.

(Abstract of NTSB findings available. Document #77-160525-004X.)

The NTSB also said that the lack of a positive train control system contributed to the derailment. At 9:21 p.m. on May...
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