Workers Say They Warned Amtrak Before Deadly Crash

An Amtrak passenger train derailed onto Interstate 5 in DuPont, Wash., on Monday morning resulting in injuries and deaths. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by David Ryder

In the days before Amtrak 501 careened off the tracks last month in a deadly crash, engineers and conductors warned their supervisors that they did not feel adequately trained on the new route, according to more than a dozen sources.

Several train cars flew off an overpass, landing on Interstate 5 in the December 18 accident near DuPont, Washington, which left three dead and more than 100 injured. At the time, Amtrak 501 was making its inaugural journey of a new Seattle-to-Portland run called the Point Defiance Bypass route.

Engineers and conductors had safety concerns, citing rushed and “totally inadequate” training which left them feeling dangerously unprepared for the new route, according to multiple sources, including several directly involved in the training. Read more at CNN.



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