US RAIL safety investigators believe that Sunday morning’s deadly crash in South Carolina could have been prevented with the right safety equipment.
The Amtrak Silver Star from New York to Miami collided with a freight train at Cayce after it was switched onto the wrong track at points, killing a driver and a conductor and injuring 116 of the 145 others aboard.
National Transportation Safety Board chairman Robert Sumwalt was set to give a briefing late yesterday in Columbia, 10 miles north of Cayce, but he told reporters on Sunday night that a switch was in the wrong position and that a GPS-based system called “positive train control” could have prevented the crash.
The system tracks the location of all trains and the positions of all switches to prevent human error sending two trains down the same track.
It was the third deadly crash involving Amtrak in less than two months.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.