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Amtrak Put on Watch as Safety Violations Soar

April 29, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

The Federal Railroad Administration has instituted a special safety watch on financially ailing Amtrak, and Amtrak operating officials have begun a series of "safety blitzes" to caution all train crews, maintenance forces and shop workers to remain alert.

No recent major accidents or passenger injuries have been attributed to Amtrak employees distracted by the company's financial problems or their own job prospects. The number of serious rules violations, however, has soared this month, and the 20 violations so far in April ties the worst month in recent years.

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