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FRA issues suggestions for better railway safety

The Federal Railroad Administration laid out plans on June 9 to improve safety on railways and rail curves in light of the recent derailment of an Amtrak train at Frankford Junction in Philadelphia, philly.com reported on June 11.

In its recommendation, the agency advised that railroads should mark locations where the speed limit drops significantly, by more than 20 miles per hour, near a curve or bridge. Additionally, the FRA said areas like this should have automatic brakes to slow the trains if an engineer fails to. Barring this technology, a second crew member must be present to keep constant communication with the engineer.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has already employed the services of Jacksonville, Florida-based consulting firm Xorail to address concerns with the railroad’s curves and recommend action.

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Death toll in tragic Amtrak train accident rises to eight

The number of people killed in the tragic train accident involving a train owned by the National Railroad Passenger Corp. rose to eight from seven with the discovery of a body in a destroyed rail car on May 14, according to the Watertown Daily Times.

The train crash was the deadliest train accident in the United States in almost six years and may have resulted from the speed it was traveling as it rounded a curve – 106 mph.

According to an interview by his attorney on ABC News, 32-year-old Amtrak engineer and assistant conductor Brandon Bostian incurred a concussion in the derailment, requiring him to undergo 14 stitches in the head and several stitches in one leg. Reportedly, he does not remember the collision itself and was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash.