Amtrak has experienced a number of accidents over the last few months, and people in Louisiana are wondering why. At Bruno & Bruno, we are extremely concerned about accidents involving commercial transportation as they can result in major injuries. The latest train crashes resulted in multiple injuries and a number of fatalities, and Amtrak is investigating why these crashes occurred and what can be done to prevent future issues.
According to CNN, there have been four significant accidents involving their trains since December. A train derailed in Washington State in December, killing three people. In January, a North Carolina couple was hit and killed by a train while their SUV was crossing the tracks. Recently, a train full of Congress members was involved in a crash near Charlottesville, Virginia, and the latest accident occurred in South Carolina, killing two and injuring over 100 passengers.
According to the New York Times, the latest collision has intensified safety concerns about passenger rail service, even though Amtrak experienced a record number of riders in the last year. The investigation surrounding the latest crash is ongoing, but communication discrepancies could be part of the issue. The lack of positive train control has also been named as a reason for some of the past accidents. A technology designed for high-speed trains, PTC has not yet been installed in all trains, and it is estimated the South Carolina and Washington accidents could have been prevented had they had PTC installed in the trains.
The current executive leader of Amtrak has stated there will be extra focus on safety measures, even if that means reducing schedules.