Report: Amtrak is likely to pay, even for crashes that are not its fault

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WASHINGTON — Observers say Amtrak was likely not at fault for the deadly Feb. 4 wreck of the Silver Star in Cayce, S.C. But Amtrak is still likely to pay victims out of taxpayer funds because of liability arrangements it has with host freight railroads, including CSX Transportation.

The Associated Press cited a presentation by an Amtrak executive in a recent report that said so-called "no fault" agreements between Amtrak and freight railroads allows both to work together cooperatively. AP reports that the agreements generally require Amtrak to cover the cost of damages and injuries to its passengers, crews, and equipment, while freight railroads are responsible only for damage to their own property and employees.

The AP also cites former Surface Transportation Board Chairman Daniel Elliott III saying that despite court rulings in recent years that give Amtrak the ability to seek compensation from freight railroads for negligent actions, Amtrak would have to go to court and sue the freight railroad.

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