"The speeding Amtrak train that crashed in Philadelphia last year, killing eight people, most likely ran off the rails because the engineer was
distracted by word of a nearby commuter train getting hit by a rock, federal investigators concluded Tuesday.
The National Transportation Safety Board also put some of the blame on the railroad industry's decades-long delay in installing Positive Train Control, equipment that can automatically slow trains that are going over the speed limit.
Engineer Brandon Bostian was apparently so focused on the rock-throwing incident he heard about over the radio that he lost track of where he was
and accelerated full-throttle to 106 mph as his train went into a sharp
curve with a 50 mph limit, investigators said at an NTSB hearing convened to pinpoint the cause of the May 12, 2005, tragedy."
I have heard the nationwide train speed limit is NEVER
over 80 mph. It takes a lot of time & energy to get to 106 MPH!!
Trying to turn this pure gross negligence into a sales job
for PTC is like trying to turn every DUI death into an
argument for self driving cars.