More woes for Amtrak: another collision sends a passenger train into freight train

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An Amtrak train that departed from New York Penn Station bound for Miami derailed in Cayce, SC then crashed into a freight station at 2:30 am Sunday morning.

Emergency workers identified two dead and over 100 injuries that range in severity.

Most passengers were asleep when the train was directed to a wrong switch in the tracks that was manually changed and “lined and locked”

Investigators discovered that the railway signals were broken, causing CSX to gave verbal cues to Amtrak conductors.

The crash marks the third major crash Amtrak experiences which causes more concern with an infrastructure in need of repair. More worrisome, train travel is picking up.

Fragile Railway System

Last year, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the U.S. infrastructure a D+ grade. This was the same score in the previous assessment that took place in 2013. According Business Insider, the country needs $4.59 trillion by 2025 to repair a dilapidated and sorely neglect road and railway system.

One of Donald Trump’s campaign promises was to rebuild the U.S. infrastructure. In 2011 and 2015, Barack Obama proposed a way to finance infrastructure spending, but both proposals were blocked.

As of press time, authorities have not been able to locate the black box from either train.

Luckily, the train traveled under the speed limit.

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