30 Jan '18, 5pm

#Pamplona Wash. Amtrak engineer missed signs before deadly derailment

The engineer, a 55-year-old male, was hired by Amtrak in 2004 as a conductor and then promoted to locomotive engineer in 2013. In the five weeks preceding the derailment, the engineer had qualified on the Point Defiance Bypass section of track following the completion of seven to 10 observational trips in the locomotive as well as three trips operating the equipment, two northbound and one southbound. The engineer said he felt rested at the start of his shift. The engineer recalled that as the train passed milepost 15.5 it was traveling about 79 mph. The engineer told investigators that he was aware that the curve with the 30 mph speed restriction was at milepost 19.8, and that he had planned to initiate braking about one mile prior to the curve. The engineer said that he saw mileposts 16 and 17 but didn’t recall seeing milepost 18 or the 30 mph advance speed sign, which w...

Full article: http://www.metro-magazine.com/security-and-safety/news/72...

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