Engineer mistook signal prior to Amtrak crash in Washington

Engineer mistook signal prior to Amtrak crash in Washington

Engineer mistook signal prior to Amtrak crash in Washington

The engineer at the helm of a deadly Amtrak train derailment in Washington state in December didn't recognize the curve he was approaching until seconds before the wreck, according to new details released by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Investigators previously revealed the train entered the curve at 78 miles per hour.

The train's 55-year-old engineer and 48-year-old conductor have now been interviewed by investigators.

The engineer also said he was not distracted by a conductor-in-training who was riding with him in the cab during Amtrak's inaugural run with paying passengers from Seattle to Portland using the Point Defiance Bypass.

He told investigators he did see the wayside signal at milepost 19.8 at the curve, but he mistook it for another signal north of the curve.

He told the investigators he recalled seeing mileposts 16 and 17 but did not remember seeing the sign for milepost 18.

An Amtrak train derailed December 18, 2017, near DuPont, Wash., after heading into a 30 miles per hour curve at about 80 miles per hour, according to investigators for the National Transportation Safety Board.

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The summary says the engineer was qualified to operate the train and had completed at least seven observational trips and three trips during which he operated the train in the five weeks before the derailment.

"He (Freeman) told investigators that the engineer appeared alert during the job briefing and while operating the train", the NTSB wrote in its update Thursday. He operated the equipment on three trips, two northbound and one southbound.

The engineer recalled passing mileposts 16 and 17, but not 18 or the 30 miles per hour advance speed sign ahead of the curve. "He had never worked with the engineer before". He felt rested at the start of the trip, he told investigators.

He said he looked up from his paperwork after hearing the engineer mumble out loud, just before the derailment, then sensed the train was going airborne.

Garrick Freeman was identified as the conductor after filing a lawsuit against Amtrak, claiming the company failed to provide a safe work environment.

NTSB officials said they are continuing to interview more people about the derailment, adding that they are also reviewing video and data recorder information from the derailment. NTSB investigators have said that an automated braking system known as Positive Train Control, which is required on railroads by the end of this year but wasn't yet working on that section of track, would have prevented the accident.

The investigation is expected to last 12 to 24 months, NTSB officials said.

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