Seconds Before Amtrak Derailment, Engineer Made Comment About 'Over Speed Condition'

All the while, new high-speed train routes continue to spring into operation without the technology, including the new route involved in Monday's Amtrak crash south of Seattle that killed three people and one in Florida that's expected to start service in the coming weeks.

NTSB based its latest findings on video recorded inside the locomotive's cab and audio from a recorder facing away from the crew members. The devices captured the crew's actions, their conversations and other information, the NTSB said. But authorities did not provide a transcript of what he said, saying only in a summary that "about six seconds prior to the derailment, the engineer made a comment regarding an over speed condition". Federal investigators in the deadly train wreck want to know whether the engineer was distracted by a second person in his cab as his train hurtled into a curve at more than twice the speed limit.

They also said a safety system known as positive train control, which automatically slows trains if they go too fast, was not installed on the rail line.

The engineer did not place the brake handle in emergency-braking mode, the NTSB noted Friday.

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The final recorded speed of the locomotive was 78 miles per hour, which is within the limits for the approach to the crash location, but not the location itself, which followed a curve with a posted 30 miles per hour speed limit, according to the NTSB.

The train's speed and the posted speed limit are likely to be key points for federal accident investigators, who are trying to determine why the train - on its inaugural run - flew off the track, sending several rail cars off a bridge overpass and onto a traffic-clogged interstate at 7:34 a.m. Monday.

The board first recommending using "automatic train control" after two Penn Central commuter trains collided in Darien, Connecticut on Aug, 20, 1969, killing four and injuring 43. Railroad companies have until the end of 2018 and a possible extension to 2020 to implement the costly system.

The six people Krzak is representing will suffer "long-term" effects from the crash, he said. The firm not filed any lawsuits so far.

  • Desiree Holland