Preliminary reports regarding the Amtrak Cascades derailment indicate that excessive speed was likely the cause of the accident. Sources say that the recommended speed limit for the curve. However, some passengers reported that they believed that the train struck an obstruction on the track.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation ‘Go Team’ will determine the probable cause of the Amtrak Cascades accident. Based on media reports, preliminary NTSB statements, and past investigations, probable causes may fall into the following categories:
• Human Factors
• Train Speed
• Mechanical Failure
• Signal or Train Control Failure
• Track Conditions
• Route Obstructions
• Trestle Conditions
For more detailed information about the disaster, read AMTRAK CASCADES DERAILMENT DISASTER: A Legal Guide For Accident Victims/Survivors by the Amtrak train accident attorney team at Davis Law Group.