Mom Of Slain Amtrak Engineer Says He Was Shaken By Previous Crash

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The engineer killed in Sunday’s Amtrak crash in South Carolina was shaken by a earlier accident and sought assist, his relations declare.

Michael Kempf was driving a practice that hit a automotive at a grade crossing a few yr in the past throughout his typical route within the Carolinas, his mom, Catherine Kempf, informed The Related Press.

The veteran engineer was bothered by the occasion, which she couldn’t recall a lot about, as a result of “he had individuals’s lives in his arms,” recalled his mom, who lived with Kempf in Savannah, Ga. He met with a counselor to debate the ordeal.

Kempf, 54, and conductor Michael Cella, 36, have been killed early Sunday when their Miami-bound Amtrak practice collided with an idle CSX practice. Greater than 100 of the 147 aboard

His youthful brother, Wealthy, informed the Every day Information this week that he’d complained of stress from previous accidents, however alleged Amtrak disregarded his pleas.

“He was voicing issues about getting killed,” Wealthy Kempf, who lives in Mesa, Ariz., informed the Information on Sunday. “They’d push him proper again on a practice once more.”

Amtrak beforehand declined to substantiate whether or not Kempf had lately been in different accidents, or acquired counseling for the incidents.

Cella, a married father of two, lived together with his household in Florida.

“There’s simply … it’s an excessive amount of proper now,” his spouse, Christine, informed the AP.

Prepare 91, which overlooked of New York, was diverted to a facet observe simply south of Columbia, S.C., early Sunday when it crashed into the freight practice.

Nationwide Transportation Security Board investigators mentioned Monday night time that CSX, which controls the tracks, had its sign system down to put in Constructive Prepare Management (PTC) expertise.

These alerts would have alerted the practice to halt earlier than attending to the change, which was padlocked to maneuver to the facet observe, NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt mentioned Monday night time.

With Information Wire Providers

 
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