• Michelle Hebert

Workers claim Amtrak was warned about the deadly crash

On Dec. 18, 2017, an Amtrak train derailed near Dupoint, Wash., killing three people. Workers for Amtrak are now claiming supervisors were warned before the crash happened.

CNN reported, “engineers and conductors warned their supervisors that they did not feel adequately trained on the new route, according to more than a dozen sources.”

Amtrak 501 was making its first of many journeys of a new Seattle-to-Portland route when the train derailed. Engineers and conductors go through training before beginning a new route; however, the training for the new route was rushed and “totally inadequate,” which left them feeling unprepared, according to multiple sources, including some who were directly involved with the training.

Some training runs were performed during the night, and six or more crew members were put in cars with only three seats, multiple sources told CNN. This caused some of the trainees to have to ride backwards in the dark. Engineers could not see properly to familiarize themselves with the route, and they felt the number of practice runs they had at the controls was not enough.

Despite these apparent warning signs, the engineer told the National Transportation Safety Board he would not have operated the train if he did not feel prepared, according to The Hill.

"Our highest priority is ensuring the safety of our passengers, our crew and the communities we serve,” Amtrak told CNN regarding the train derailment situation.