WASHINGTON — Thirty years ago, an Amtrak bound for D.C. from Boston collided with a Conrail train that had crossed into its path in Baltimore County.
Sixteen people were killed in the Chase, Maryland, crash. Another 174 were injured in the Jan. 4, 1987 afternoon crash.
The crash, at the time, was the deadliest in Amtrak history.
The cause of the crash that occurred at 125 mph would be end up being a Conrail train engineer and a Conrail train brakeman who were high. Their three-locomotive train ran a warning signal and despite braking, the Amtrak train “was traveling between 120 and 125 mph and could not be stopped before colliding” with the Contrail train, an NTSB report said.
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