Posts Tagged 'amtrak 188'

New Details Emerge in Deadly Oregon Amtrak Crash

scathing details emerge in Amtrak 501 crashThe route was new and the engineers felt ill-prepared, but that didn’t stop Amtrak from opening the Point Defiance Bypass route near DuPont, Washington. In the end, Amtrak 501 would fly off an overpass and kill three passengers while injuring over 100 as it started a turn at more than twice the posted speed limit.

Amtrak engineers and conductors are starting to make their side of the incident known, and ...

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First Lawsuits Filed in Deadly Washington State Amtrak Derailment

first lawsuits filed in derailment of Cascades 501The speed limit for the section of track was set to a relatively low 30 miles per hour. But when Cascades 501 barreled through a curve in a new section of bypass track, it was more than doubling that limit until it derailed at nearly 80 miles per hour. As a result of that derailment, three people died, dozens were injured, and the safety and reliability ...

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Settlements Issued in Crash of Amtrak 188

settlements reached in crash of amtrak 188It’s been a little over a year since Amtrak 188 careened off the tracks in Philadelphia, killing eight passengers and injuring more than 200. And now, some 15 months later, the first settlements have been issued to victims of the crash. However, many questions, particularly around rail safety, still remain unanswered.

Reuters reports that two settlements have been reached thus far, although dozens more remain. The terms of both ...

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Amtrak Lawsuit Plaintiffs Petition for MDL

amtrak 188 litigation could be combined into MDLOver a month has passed since Amtrak Train No. 188 derailed just outside of Philadelphia in a tragic accident that took the lives of eight passengers and injured over 200 others. In that time, both federal officials and private parties have launched investigations into the nature and cause of the crash. Victims and the families of victims have been active, too, filing personal injury lawsuits against Amtrak. According to ...

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Investigating Amtrak Train 188 Crash

A week has passed since eight passengers died and more than 200 were injured when Amtrak Train 188 veered off the railroad tracks just north of Philadelphia. Federal officials were quick to launch investigations into the nature of the crash, and are currently working to discover who or what was responsible for the tragic accident.

As thorough and effective as government investigations may be, details can sometimes be overlooked or remain hidden. In cases like this, Lopez ...

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Automatic Braking System Was Absent in Amtrak 188 Crash

braking system not present on Amtrak 188According to Philly.com, Amtrak never installed an automatic braking system on the northbound track where eight people died and over 200 were injured when Amtrak Train 188 derailed in Philadelphia last week. Meanwhile, less than one hundred yards away, the southbound track was already outfitted with an automatic braking mechanism that would probably have prevented the catastrophe at the sharp Frankford Junction curve.

Without an automatic braking system present, ...

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