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Amtrak Ordered to Expand Speed Control System at Derail Site

The system notifies the engineer when a train is above the speed limit and automatically applies the brakes if the engineer doesn't respond.

Repair crews inspect damages at the site of a train derailment accident May 13, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Image source: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal officials have ordered Amtrak to expand use of a speed restriction system in the area of Tuesday's deadly derailment to northbound trains like the one that went off the rails in Philadelphia at more than 100 mph, killing eight people.

Repair crews inspect damages at the site of a train derailment accident May 13, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Image source: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Saturday's emergency order from the Federal Railroad Administration involves the automatic train control system.

The system notifies the engineer when a train is above the speed limit and automatically applies the brakes if the engineer doesn't respond. It was already being used for southbound trains approaching the curve where the derailment occurred.

The agency also ordered Amtrak to analyze curves on the Northeast Corridor between Boston and Washington and install appropriate technology where approach speed is significantly higher than curve speed.

Amtrak has said it plans to install a next-generation system for the entire corridor by year's end.

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