Railroad Expert On Railroad Crossing Accidents

Fifty nine passengers were injured on March 9th when an Amtrak train collided with a tractor-trailer at a crossing in North Carolina. After six people died in the February 3rd accident on the Metro-North railroad’s Harlem Line, railroad expert Robert Comer, head of Forensic & Electronic Research Inc., said the system used to trigger warning devices was developed in 1872. Mr. Comer has studied, researched and investigated the railroad industry and railroad grade crossing accidents for 24 years.

The Federal Railroad Administration explains the role of Amtrak and Railroad Safety:

FRA’s Office of Railroad Safety promotes and regulates safety throughout the Nation’s railroad industry.  The office executes its regulatory and inspection responsibilities through a diverse staff of railroad safety experts.  The staff includes 400 Federal safety inspectors who operate out of eight regional offices. Each regional administrator is supported by two deputy regional administrators, chief inspectors, supervisory specialists, grade crossing safety managers and safety inspectors for five of the safety disciplines focusing on compliance and enforcement in:

  • Hazardous Materials
  • Motive Power and Equipment
  • Operating Practices
  • Signal and Train Control
  • Track

The National Railroad Passenger Corporation (better known as Amtrak) is a for-profit corporation that operates intercity passenger rail services in 46 states and the District of Columbia, in addition to serving as a contractor in various capacities for several commuter rail agencies. Amtrak was created by Congress in the Rail Passenger Service Act of 1970 and incorporated in the District of Columbia in 1971, assuming the common carrier obligations of the private railroads (which found passenger service to be generally unprofitable) in exchange for the right to priority access of their tracks for incremental cost.

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