NTSB to meet on 2018 fatal Amtrak-CSX collision

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WASHINGTON — The National Transportation Safety Board has announced it will hold a board meeting on July 23 to determine probable cause of the Feb. 4, 2018, collision of Amtrak and CSX Transportation trains near Cayce, S.C.

The engineer and conductor on the Amtrak train were killed, and more than 90 others on board required medical care, after the southbound Silver Star was sent off the mainline and into a stationary freight train. [See “NTSB: Misaligned switch directed ‘Silver Star’ into parked CSX auto rack train,” Trains News Wire, Feb. 4, 2018.] Signals were out of service at the time of the accident as positive train control equipment was installed

The accident led to an urgent safety recommendation from the NTSB, calling for the Federal Administration to issue an emergency order on procedures when signal suspensions are in effect.

The NTSB’s 9:30 a.m. meeting will be webcast. A link to the webcast will be available shortly before the meeting at this site.


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