Amtrak Crash Coverage Spotlights Fight Over Infrastructure
The vote not to increase funding for Amtrak in the wake of Tuesday's derailment has highlighted the political back and forth over infrastructure.By Sebastian Martinez | May 14, 2015
The stretch of track where an Amtrak train derailed Tuesday night, killing at least seven people, was missing a positive train control system that would've regulated its speed. (Video via National Transportation Safety Board)
"Based on what we know right now, we feel that had such a system been installed in this section of track, this accident would not have occurred," National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt told reporters Wednesday.
It's a fact that has highlighted Amtrak's lagging infrastructure, a very visible reflection of the lack of investment the country's infrastructure as a whole has been quietly abiding for decades. (Video via CBS)