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At least four people were killed and more than 100 injured on Thursday, April 18,2002 when 14 of the 16 cars on the Amtrak Auto Train derailed in a remote area of north Florida.
The exact cause of the wreck has not yet been determined, but it is reported that the engineer of the train had instituted emergency braking just prior to the derailment.
Amtrak reported that the train was carrying 440 passengers and 28 crew members. The train left Sanford, Florida sometime after 4 p.m. witht the accident happening an hour later, approximately 60 miles north of Orlando, Florida.
The Auto Train was one of Amtrak’s most successful routes, carrying both passengers and automobiles from the northeast to the Orlando area. The train carried 234,000 passengers in 2000, according to Amtrak,.
Family and friends who want to inquire about passengers can call Amtrak at (800) 523-9101.
This accident occured just over a year from the fatal derailment of Amtrak’s California Zephyr east of Des Moines, Iowa on March 17, 2001. That accident resulted in the one death, and more than 90 injuries. The Nolan Law Group is representing the family of the fatal victim of that crash. Click here for a copy of the complaint filed in that action.
Motorists are thirty times more likely to die in a crash involving a train than one with another vehicle. And one-third of the states experienced more rail-related fatalities in 1998 than six years earlier.
The number of train accident fatalities have remained virtually unchanged for the past decade. And, since 1997, the rate of all train accidents has been going up.
The nation’s railroads continue to be responsible for chronic accidents, hazardous materials spills, and a fatality rate that remains high. Simultaneously, rail traffic is increasing, while federal … Read the rest “Amtrak promo code”