Amtrak fatalities in the past few years


Amtrak train derailment: A short history

Since 2014, there are 26 Amtrak train derailments. Here is a look back at the timeline and the details behind the incidents.

An Amtrak passenger train with more than 80 people aboard, derailed in Washington state on Monday, killing at least three people and injuring dozens more.

The derailment, which expanded outside of Tacoma, is the 26th that Amtrak has seen since 2014.

Here is a look at some of Amtrak fatalities in the past few years.

12 may 2015 — 8 people killed

An Amtrak train traveling at 106 km / h — more than 50 mph speed limit — was derailed in Philadelphia, killing eight people and injuring more than 200 others.

It was determined by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) that the Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian was distracted while driving and lost track of where he was for the speed of 106 km / h, while in a sharp turn with a 50-km / h speed limit.

Bostian is not a criminal charges in the crash after investigators said they could not determine what he acted with “criminal ‘intent’ or criminal ‘knowledge'” as the train derailed.

June 24, 2011 — 6 people killed

A tractor-trailer driving on the U.S. Route 95 in Nevada slammed into the side of an Amtrak train at a crossing about 70 miles east of Reno, killing six people and injuring 15.

The collision occurred because the driver, a 43-year-old Lawrence Valli, who was killed instantly in the crash, was “inattentive” behind the wheel and ” delayed braking,” NTSB investigators found. They also referred to “the failure of John Davis Trucking to adequately maintain the brakes on the accident truck.”

The train was traveling from Chicago to California.

June 23, 2014 — 3 people killed

An Amtrak train travels at 125 mph slammed into a vehicle that apparently, the ride on the rails, killing all three passengers in the car.

The crash derailed the train, which had 180 people on board. The researchers said at the time that the trio may have been joyriding on the track.

The accident unfolded in Mansfield, about 24 miles southwest of Boston.

April 3, 2016 — 2 people killed

Two Amtrak maintenance of the employees in Chester, Pa., were killed in April 2016 after an Amtrak train traveling at more than 100 mph struck them. About 40 passengers aboard the train headed from New York City to Savannah, Georgia, were injured.

Two Amtrak maintenance of the employees in Chester, Pa., were killed in April 2016 after an Amtrak traveling at more than 100 mph struck them.

(REUTERS/Dominick Reuter)

The employees were busy with a backhoe that was on the same track the train was traveling, the NTSB said.

Federal researcher Mike Hoepf noted that a foreman failed to ensure coordinators were rerouting trains in an area that was repaired, and the fault of the crew of the non-use of a device that would have blocked access to the train tracks.

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