Amtrak Cascades engineer called trip ‘learning experience’ before fatal Washington State crash

By David Shepardson, Reuters, WSAU News/Talk 550 AM; July 10, 2018

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Amtrak engineer aboard a speeding passenger train that derailed in Washington state in December called the trip a “learning experience” shortly before it ended in a fatal crash, according to a transcript of onboard communications released on Tuesday.

The engineer, Steven Brown, told the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in January he had failed to see signs warning of an impending reduction in the speed limit but tried to brake before the crash that killed three people near Seattle.

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