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Current Event May 20, 2015

Train Derailment Reveals Infrastructure Problems

Last Tuesday, May 12, 2015, an Amtrak train traveling from Washington, D.C. to New York City derailed when going around a sharp curve at over 100 miles an hour. At least eight people were killed and 200 injured. As the cleanup and investigation continues, people are looking for answers. Listen to this story about the history of Amtrak’s founding and funding and how this has shaped the troubled rail system’s infrastructure.

Economics Civics/Government Transportation

Story Length: 2:50

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National Public Radio

AIR DATE: 05/13/2015

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