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    NTSB: Switch Put Amtrak on Collision Course

    Was it preventable? National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt said a misrouted switch put Amtrak 91 on the same track as an empty CSX freight train near Columbia, South Carolina, early Sunday, killing an engineer and conductor while injuring 116 passengers. The New York-to-Miami train’s collision was the third fatal Amtrak accident since December. Sumwalt said implementation of the GPS-based “positive train control” system, which has been delayed by Congress, “could have avoided this accident.” A House transportation subcommittee will discuss rail safety Feb. 15.

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