A look at recent Amtrak accidents – WDVM25 & DCW50


National Transportation Safety Board investigators are trying to determine the cause of the Amtrak derailment in northern Montana, which killed three people on board the Empire Builder traveling from Chicago to Seattle.

The train, carrying about 141 passengers and a crew of 16, left the tracks at around 4 p.m. on Saturday near Joplin, Montana, about 30 miles south of the Canadian border.

Other Recent Amtrak Accidents:

– December 18, 2017: In a derailment near Olympia, Washington, in which part of the train landed on Interstate 5, three people were killed and 10 seriously injured, open, high-speed railroad lines were leaving the tracks.

April 3, 2016: Two maintenance workers were hit and killed by a train traveling at over 100 mph in Chester, Pennsylvania. The train’s lead locomotive derailed.

March 14, 2016: A train traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago derailed in southwest Kansas, injuring at least 32 people. Investigators concluded that a cattle feed delivery truck had driven onto the track and displaced it by at least a foot before derailing.

– Oct 5, 2015: A train traveling from Vermont to Washington, DC derailed when it encountered rocks that had fallen from a ledge onto the tracks. Seven people were injured.

– May 12, 2015: A train traveling at double the speed limit of 50 mph derailed while making a sharp turn in Philadelphia. Eight people were killed and more than 200 injured.


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