NTSB: Amtrak crash went ‘from distraction to disaster’ in seconds

May 18, 2016

by Jason Laughlin and Jonathan Tamari, STAFF WRITERS, Philly.com

WASHINGTON – The engineer who derailed an Amtrak train lost his bearings shortly before he accelerated into a dangerous Philadelphia curve last year, likely because he was distracted by radio talk about a SEPTA train struck by rocks, federal investigators concluded Tuesday.

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 Their report offered the clearest explanation yet for the May 12 crash of a New York City-bound train that killed eight people and injured about 200.

“The engineer’s world is one of fallible human decisions and actions in an imperfect environment,” said Christopher Hart, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. It is one “in which a loss of awareness can take a terrible toll.”

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