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Feds: Amtrak Engineer 'Greatly Influenced' by Rock Incident

The engineer of an Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia last year, killing eight people, might have lost track of where he was because he was “greatly influenced” by an incident in which a nearby commuter train was struck by a rock, federal regulators said Tuesday. Christopher Hart, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, also said a key backup safety system, called positive train control, was not in place at the accident site and would have provided a “technological...

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