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Thread: Two killed in crash involving Amtrak train, freight train - South Carolina

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    They're now reporting that the Amtrak trains was "on the wrong track".

    A Miami-bound Amtrak train appeared to be on the wrong track when it collided with a freight train in South Carolina early Sunday morning, killing two people and injuring 116, authorities said, but officials with the passenger railroad said the freight line controls signalling and dispatch on the tracks.
    It appears that this is a CSX line.

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/amtrak-pass...ry?id=52826058
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    Individuals with questions regarding passengers on train 91 can contact Amtrak at 1.800.523.9101

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    Would Positive Train Control (PTC) prevent this kind of accident?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Anderson View Post
    Would Positive Train Control (PTC) prevent this kind of accident?
    Great question.

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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...=.e2fc598054ee

    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.

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    Update - As per Reuters article.

    Locked switch blamed in fatal Amtrak crash

    Amtrak President and Chief Executive Richard Anderson told reporters Sunday that CSX was responsible for the wreck because of the locked switch. CSX officials were not available for comment.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-u...-idUSKBN1FP1HL

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    I read an article quoting Amtrak as saying that PTC could have prevented the accident. Ironically, the railroad's signal system was shut off at the time of the accident while PTC was being installed and trains were being dispatched by radio.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Anderson View Post
    I read an article quoting Amtrak as saying that PTC could have prevented the accident. Ironically, the railroad's signal system was shut off at the time of the accident while PTC was being installed and trains were being dispatched by radio.
    This will be either a dispatching error or someone not telling the dispatcher that the switch was lined and locked to the siding.
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    Another article said that the CSX freight train had done some work in the area and backed their train into the siding and left. The Conductor would have had to line and lock the switch and ride back on the 34 empty autoracks into the clear. Once in the clear, he would have had to get back up to the switch and line and lock it for mainline movement and tell the dispatcher, if the signals were down or not down. The dispatcher could have relieved him of this responsibility if a MOW crew, that was rumored in the area, used that siding, too. A big problem is that operating without signals in a CTC area is rare and if personnel are not used to it, mistakes can be made. Was it the Conductor or the MOW crew who never lined the switch back and report it to the Dispatcher or the Dispatcher forgot it was lined for the siding when giving a track warrant to the Amtrak crew??? The investigation will be able to track the timeline by the mainline radio traffic, which is normally recorded and the Dispatchers logs for radio orders he/she issued.

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