Tech Could Have Stopped Derailed Train



The Amtrak train that derailed, killed seven people and sent more than 140 to the hospital could have been prevented if an automatic train control system was in place, authorities said Wednesday.

The “Advanced Civil Speed Enforcement” system, which is designed to prevent speeding, was due to be installed in Philadelphia this year, according to National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt.

Positive Train Control, which includes Amtrak’s system, is required by federal law to be implemented into all major passenger and freight railroads by the end of this year.

Train 188 was reportedly speeding at 106 m.p.h. before the engineer, identified by law enforcement as 32-year-old Brandon Bostian, applied the emergency brakes just seconds before the train derailed and slowed it to 102 m.p.h.

According to his LinkedIn page, Bostian has worked as an Amtrak engineer since December 2010 and had previously served as an Amtrak conductor for four and a half years. Read more at the Philadelphia Inquirer.

{Andy Newscenter}


  1. Derailment could also be prevented if the driver
    Doesn’t have medical or mental impairments
    And is sober when driving the train