Investigators Looking Into Cause of Deadly Congress Train Crash

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February 01, 2018Feb 01, 2018

CNN reported that investigators are looking into the cause of Wednesday's deadly crash involving a train carrying GOP members of Congress. They are currently focusing on the actions of the driver of a truck the train struck, a source with knowledge of the investigation told CNN.

Eyewitnesses have reportedly told investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board that the truck driver snaked his way through the crossing gates, despite signals that included lights warning of the oncoming train. The driver is currently alive but in serious condition, according to authorities.

GOP lawmakers had chartered the Amtrak train to take them from Washington, DC, to West Virginia for their retreat. At the time of the accident, the train was traveling at approximately 60 mph.

The tracks where the accident happened are not active passenger rails. They are usually only used for freight trains, which travel at the much slower pace of 30 mph.

"Locals who live near these tracks learn the routine and they plan accordingly," a source told CNN. "This Amtrak train was going roughly twice as fast as trains that usually travel on these tracks, so the truck driver may have miscalculated how much time he had if he mistook the Amtrak for the usual slower freight train."

However, although it's unusual for that rail line to have passenger service traveling at a higher speed, the tracks are rated for 60 mph. This means the speed of the train was not an issue.

NTSB investigators are working to download the video from the camera that was on the front of the train.

In related news, here's the remarkable way the Republicans responded to the train crash. 

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