By: Kyle James | 12-19-2017 | News
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NTSB Says Amtrak Train Derailed Going 80 Mph In 30 Mph Zone

Earlier today, The Goldwater reported on the derailment of an Amtrak train in Washington state that inured all 77 passengers, left two in critical condition and killed three.

Around midnight Monday, the NTSB reported that the data recorder revealed the Amtrak train was traveling at 80 mph in a 30 mph zone.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">BREAKING: NTSB: Data recorder shows derailed Amtrak train was traveling at 80 mph in a 30 mph zone.</p>&mdash; The Associated Press (@AP) <a href="">December 19, 2017</a></blockquote>

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Federal investigators say that the Amtrak train that derailed south of Seattle was traveling 50 mph over the posted speed for that zone. NTSB board member, Bella Dinh-Zarr, said in a press conference Monday night that the information from the event data recorder in the rear locomotive was able to provide the speed at which the train was traveling.

A total of 72 people were medically evaluated and transported to area hospitals for treatment after the derailment occurred. Washington State Patrol Trooper Jon Nelson described two of the passengers to be in especially serious condition and confirmed the deaths of three others aboard the train.

The identities of the deceased victims have not yet been identified. Washington State Patrol spokeswoman Brooke Bova said in an earlier statement the train had 12 cars and two engines traveling between Tacoma, Washington, and Portland, Oregon. Five vehicles and two semitrailers were underneath the train on Interstate 5 when the cars came off the tracks from above.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">My thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in the train accident in DuPont, Washington. Thank you to all of our wonderful First Responders who are on the scene. We are currently monitoring here at the White House.</p>&mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="">December 18, 2017</a></blockquote>

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President Trump offered his condolences and cited the crash as a reason for rebuilding American infrastructure. There have been over 25 major train derailments in the last two decades in America with the most recent being the Brooklyn train crash that injured 103 earlier this year.

Train derailments are not just happening in America, the Santiago de Compostela derailment in Spain in 2013 was one of the worst train derailments in modern history with 79 fatalities.

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Anonymous No. 14271 2017-12-19 : 11:49

The liberals must really reach to blame Trump for the stupidity of the Amtrak Driver or the System. Remember Amtrak had a similar wreck with deaths just a few years ago. A Speeding train that did not make a curve

May 12th 2015. That Amtrak wreck was doing 105+ in a 50mph area. 8 passengers were killed, and 185 injured.

AMTRAK like ANY transportation method in the USA needs to learn to stand on its own 2 feet. Even our Highways are funded by Taxes.

Maybe it would be cheaper to flush the cities and rebuild them to allow workers to live more locally.

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