Surprising Facts About Trains That Put Amtrak Crash Footage in a New Light (VIDEO)​

train racksAs officials continue to investiage the Amtrack train derailment that killed eight and injured more than 200, a new video has emerged that shows the train speeding up just moments before the big crash. The train's engineer has agreed to be interviewed by officials, but many details are still uncovered in the days following the crash.


The shocking footage, captured by a dash camera, has just emerged and the train can be seen breaking before the major explosion. Take a look at the story, as reported by CBS This Morning:

While investigators can't say why the train accelerated to more than 100 miles per hour just seconds before the crash, engineer Brandon Bostian's testimony might help. The 32-year-old says he has no recollection of the crash, but officials are hoping to piece together details.

As of now, authorities have revealed that the train went into a curve at nearly 106 miles per hour, which is more than twice the speed limit for that type of track.

The New York-bound train derailed at approximately 9:30 pm on Tuesday and killed eight and injured more than 200 others. A total of 238 passengers and five crew members were on-board at the time of the crash.

The terrifying news is the second of its kind just this year. In February a Metro-North train in New York collided with an SUV, killing six.

But while summer travel plans are getting into full swing, don't let this latest information and video footage change your entire vacation route.

As horrifying and tragic as these accidents are, officials continue to insist that railway travel remains among one of the safest modes of transportation in America. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, there were 891 railway fatalities in 2013. That's up from 840 in 2012, but most of these fatalities were trespassers struck by trains.

Train derailments, however, continue to be rare, but on the rise. In 2015, so far, we've had nine, according to the Federal Railroad Administration, while there were six total in all of 2014. These derailments are mostly caused by faulty or broken rails. Very few are caused by natural causes or human error, but by equipment failures.

And as scary as the statistics are, numbers continue to show that train travel is still the safest everyday form of transportation. In 2013 alone, there were 32,719 highway fatalities. There were also 443 aviation fatalities.

Travel by car and on highways, remains the most dangerous, so family travel by train is still far safer than going by car.

Do you travel with your family by train?



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