dupont - The National Transportation Safety Council (NTSB) of the US Tuesday admitted that the automatic brake system PTC was not installed on the route where a major train accident took place on Monday.
The train that was driving at high speed southwest of Seattle, derailed on Monday and landed on a highway. Three people were killed and more than a hundred wounded.
The automatic braking system ensures that a train brakes automatically if it goes too fast. This system was not in operation on the new route, as a result of which the train could travel too fast by eighty kilometers per hour.
The NTSB wants to talk quickly with the involved operator and other employees to find out why the train drove so fast. A member of the board said that it is being investigated whether the train driver might have been distracted. The NTSB also announced that a new employee was present in the driver's cab to gain experience.