More than 200 passengers on AMTRAK’s train 188 have experienced an unspeakable tragedy. Eight lives have been lost, forever affecting loved ones. Hundreds of people who survived have been injured, many permanently, and in ways that will affect their ability to move forward. Not since 1987, when another AMTRAK train killed 16 of its passengers and injured more than 100 others in Chase, Maryland, has anything like this happened in the busiest rail corridor in the United States.
Engineers are trained to diligently focus on their jobs, which have a single purpose: safety. Mechanisms that are designed to guard against their mistakes and to prevent the consequences of human error are in place. Yet, technology does not work when it is overridden or uninstalled. This case, more than any other, proves that. AMTRAK 188 approached a curve at 106 miles per hour, twice the posted limit. The Alerter System was ineffective. The replacement system, Positive Train Control, which surely would have prevented the derailment, was months from completion. To the families that lost loved ones in this tragic train crash, the promise of future technological measures will be of little solace. You have more pressing concerns.
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