- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Philadelphia Amtrak crash and lingering questions over the railroad’s safety will come up at a congressional hearing next week.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Utah Republican and House Government Oversight and Reform chairman, already had planned a hearing next week on high-speed rail, where issues related to Amtrak safety are now likely to surface as lawmakers demand answers about Tuesday’s fatal derailment.

“Nearly 30 million people ride Amtrak each year and they should board the trains knowing that safety is a paramount priority. Rail safety is something we take very seriously and hopefully we can get to the bottom of what went wrong so that we can work toward ensuring it never happens again,” Mr. Chaffetz said.

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