NTSB hearing to look into deadly Amtrak derailment investigation

Cars from an Amtrak train lay spilled onto Interstate 5 on Monday below alongside smashed vehicles as some train cars remain on the tracks above in DuPont, Wash. [AP Photo/Elaine Thompson]

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A two-day hearing on the National Transportation Safety Board's (NTSB) investigation into the deadly Amtrak train derailment in December gets underway Tuesday morning in Washington, D.C.

The hearing will explore the circumstances surrounding the deadly crash near DuPont on December 18, that killed three people and injured dozens of others.

The NTSB's preliminary investigation found Amtrak train 501 was going twice the speed limit around a curve when it went off the tracks. Their investigation also found the engineer may have lost track of where he was along the route, before the derailment.

Some railroad experts believe the technology known as positive train control could have slowed the train automatically to prevent the derailment.

Despite delays, both Amtrak and Sound Transit said they plan to have the new technology up and running by the end of the year.

The hearing, which will also look into a separate deadly Amtrak derailment in Cayce, SC in February, begins at 8:30 a.m. (EST), 5:30 a.m. (PST). You can watch the hearings here.

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