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Amtrak CEO says technology could have prevented Philly derailment

Amtrak CEO says technology could have prevented Philly derailment

— An emotional Amtrak CEO pledged to lawmakers Tuesday that safety technology that could have prevented a deadly derailment last month in Philadelphia will be put into operation, while Democrats and Republicans exchanged barbs over whether Congress or the Obama administration bears the most blame for railroads not installing the technology. Eight passengers were killed in the derailment, including at least three with ties to Maryland: Justin Zemser, 20, a midshipman at the Naval Academy; Bob Gildersleeve, 45, a vice president at Ecolab in Towson and a husband and father of two; and Abid Gilani, a vice president at Wells Fargo who had moved his family recently from Rockville. "We...

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