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House chairman says no known equipment problems in Amtrak crash

Tuesday, June 02, 2015 - 01:57

Chairman of congressional panel probing last month's Amtrak crash said he knew of no equipment flaws that could have contributed to the derailment. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The chairman of a congressional panel probing last month's deadly crash of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia on Tuesday (June 2) said he knew of no equipment flaws that could have contributed to the derailment. "We are not aware of any defects or issues identified to-date with respect to the track, locomotive or other infrastructure," said Representative Bill Shuster, a Republican, at the start of a hearing by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Christopher Hart testified at the hearing and laid out areas that are being investigated but said it's clear a sophisticated safety mechanism could have averted tragedy. "We will explore in this investigation include track, recorder, mechanical, signals, operations, human performance, survival factors and medical. Much work remains but there are a few facts I can report to you today. We we know that a properly installed and functional Positive Train Control or PTC would have prevented this accident. PTC is technology that is designed to prevent over speed derailments," Hart said. Joining him at the witness table was Amtrak President Joseph Boardman who said his company works hard to keep rails safe. "The Northeast corridor in particular has an excellent safety record and this accident is so shocking because it is so unexpected," Boardman said. On Monday (June 1), House Republican aides told reporters that federal investigators were looking into possible human factors in the May 12 accident that left eight people dead and around 200 injured. Federal officials say they do not yet know whether a "dead man" safety switch was operating before the derailment and criticized the industry for being slow to install the latest safety devices. The aides noted they did not yet know if investigators had settled on any theory for the cause of the crash. But if it was mechanical problems, the aides said, regulators likely would have acted by now by ordering checks of similar locomotives.

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House chairman says no known equipment problems in Amtrak crash

Tuesday, June 02, 2015 - 01:57