Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said 96-degree weather might
have been a factor causing the derailment of an Amtrak train in
Kensington, MD July 29.
Of the 176
people on board, 97 were treated at hospitals. Officials said
six of them were seriously injured.
to news reports, the engineer stopped to avoid hitting a "bulge"
on the tracks that may have been caused by excessive heat. The
train's engineer will be tested for drugs and alcohol use, as
comes as Amtrak is trying to emerge from its worst budget crisis
in its 31-year history. The private company recently required
federal help to close a $200 million budget gap that threatened
to close the railroad.
struggled to maintain full service this year because nearly 100
of its cars and locomotives are damaged and out of service. Low
on cash, Amtrak has not been able to get the cars back on the