NTSB: Train didn’t stop for signal in deadly Texas wreck

One freight train failed to obey a stop signal before it barreled head-on into another freight train in June outside of Amarillo, according to a preliminary report released by the National Transport Safety Board (NTSB).

Three crew members died, and one sustained injuries.

According to the report, the eastbound train that was enroute to Chicago failed to slow at a yellow warning signal, and then continued past a red signal before crashing into an oncoming westbound train.

The eastbound train was traveling about 65 mph when it passed the red stop signal.

According to the NTSB, the stretch of track where the crash occurred does not have Positive Train Control installed, but is supposed to by the end of the year.

Positive Train Control is an automatic braking system that the board has been calling on railroads to implement for decades. PTC slows or stops the train if an operator is going too fast or misses a signal.

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