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Amtrak train on new route hurtles onto highway, kills 3
by Rachel La Corte, Gillian Flaccus, and Michael Sisak
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18 December 2017
On 18 December 2017 The Associated Press reported:
An Amtrak train making the first-ever run along a faster new route hurtled off an overpass south of Seattle on Monday and spilled some of its cars onto the highway below, killing at least three people, injuring more than 100 and crushing two vehicles, authorities said. Attention quickly turned to the train's speed. A website that maps location and speed using data from Amtrak's train tracker app showed the train was going 81.1 mph (129 kph) about a quarter of a mile from the point where it derailed, where the speed limit is significantly lower.
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Such 'flops' highlight the need for more intelligent, evolutionary, Natural Law based, life-supporting systems.
Positive train control -- the technology that can slow or stop a speeding train -- wasn't in use on this stretch of track, according to Amtrak President Richard Anderson. ...
The train was making the inaugural run on the new route as part of a $180.7 million project designed to speed up service by removing passenger trains from a route along Puget Sound that's bogged down by curves, single-track tunnels and freight traffic. ...
The mayor of Lakewood, Washington, a city along the new route, predicted a deadly crash -- but one involving a fast-moving train hitting a car or pedestrian at a grade-crossing, not a train tumbling off an overpass. At a recent public meeting, he called on state planners to build overpass-like rail structures instead of having trains cross busy streets.
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