Early today Amtrak trains were reinstalled on the Northeast Corridor in Philadelphia, following a deadly crash almost a week ago. Officials promised to increase the levels of safety on tracks after they were faced with widespread criticism. Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused the fatal derailment. Eight people were killed and more than 200 were injured in the accident.
Amtrak president Joseph Boardman said that his company’s staff is working 24/7 to restore the service. Boardman promised that Amtrak will improve safety levels of its trains. He characterized the crash as “the worst day for me as a transportation professional.”
As a result of the crash, Federal Railroad Administration ordered Amtrak to expand use of a speed-control system. Amtrak will also have to examine all curves along the Northeast Corridor and establish what can be done to improve safety. In addition, more speed limit signs will be installed along the route.
"We are putting it (ATC) in place today with the northbound trains going in the Amtrak system," U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said. "We are also taking additional looks to make sure we are doing everything possible" to promote safety.
Investigators have also looked into reports that a shot was fired into the windscreen of the train. So far no firm proof was found to support this claim.
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