Most Americans went to sleep Tuesday night praying for the victims of the horrific derailment in Philadelphia. The lunatics on the left, meanwhile, went to bed smiling in anticipation of playing the ghouls. Naturally they look like complete idiots right about now.
An Amtrak train involved in a fatal crash here appears to have been traveling at more than 100 miles an hour as it entered a sharp curve where it derailed Tuesday night, killing at least seven people, according to two people with knowledge of the investigation.
The speed limit in that section of track drops to 50 miles per hour, according to the Federal Railroad Administration.
Investigators are focusing on the possibility that excessive speed was a factor in the derailment, one of these people said. The locomotive and all seven passenger cars of the train went off the tracks at a tight curve at Frankford Junction, north of Philadelphia city center. Multiple cars overturned, severely injuring some passengers and pinning others. At least seven people were killed, according to the Associated Press, and more than 200 were injured, including eight who were in critical condition.
Amtrak officials notified some employees on a Wednesday conference call that excessive speed was believed to have contributed to the crash, said one of these people, who was briefed on the contents of the call.
A spokeswoman for the National Transportation Safety Board, which is probing the accident, said speed was among the many factors it would be investigating in the crash.
The northbound train was carrying 238 passengers and five crew members when it derailed about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday on its way to New York.
Oh well, so much for calls for even more infrastructure spending.
Last night's media hot take: Infrastructure cuts! Today: Engineer traveling at 100 mph. Media tomorrow: Local accident story.
— Popehat (@Popehat) May 13, 2015
But hey, let’s not let facts get in the way.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday on CNN’s “New Day” that investing more in transportation infrastructure “is a common sense” decision and said investing in Amtrak should not be a partisan issue.
“There is clearly more that can be done when we’re talking about a railway infrastructure that is decades-old,” Earnest said. “If there’s an opportunity for us to make further investments in our infrastructure that would better safeguard the traveling public, then those are investments that we should make.”
Seems like common sense to not jump to conclusions before you have any facts. The engineer, meanwhile, has already lawyered up.
Investigators of Tuesday’s deadly Amtrak derailment say they are focusing on reports that the train was traveling more than twice the 50-mile-an-hour speed limit when it entered a sharp curve in Frankford.
An automatic train control system designed to prevent speeding was not in place where Amtrak Train 188 crashed, killing seven people and injuring more than 200.
The train’s engineer, who has not been identified, declined to give a statement to police investigators and left the East Detectives Division with an attorney, police commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said Wednesday.
The train’s conductor, also unidentified, was at Einstein Hospital with a skull fracture, Ramsey said.