Questions Surrounding the State of Rail Safety Abound in the Wake of the Washington Amtrak Derailment

As news and investigative reports continue to pour in, it has become clear that the Amtrak derailment should not have occurred and that the safety procedures of the rail industry need to be reviewed. Questions abound. As the NTSB has noted, “So far, there are many questions but few answers.” It’s unclear why the train was traveling 80 mph in a 30-mph zone. Safety procedures such as positive train control were not in effect. The incident also raises the question of why Amtrak is not requiring two-person crews in locomotive cabs instead of one. On Thursday, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell…

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Washington Train Accident 12/18/17

At least 3 people were killed and more than 100 injured when an Amtrak passenger train derailed in Washington state, near DuPont, early in the morning of December 18, 2017. The crash happened about 7:40 a.m. near DuPont, which is about twenty miles south of Tacoma. Preliminary reports are that the train came out of a curve and ran off the track while crossing or approaching an open trestle over I-5. Train cars derailed and cascaded off of both sides of the track, with several falling onto the highway and crashing into vehicles. One rail car dangled dramatically over the…

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Do It Yourself Divorce – Good or Bad?

Facing a divorce is hard enough. Facing the potential costs of divorce doesn’t make it any easier. This is why many people are turning to the “do-it-yourself” approach. But is this a good idea? The best way to approach this question is through an analogy. Say the engine in your car breaks down and you are left stranded. Do you attempt to fix your car by yourself or do you bring your car to an automotive shop and have the work done by an experienced professional on your behalf? The answer is not always black and white, but most people…

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