Mica: Amtrak a ‘Soviet-style’ operation

NTSB Recorder Specialist Cassandra Johnson works with officials on the scene of the Amtrak Train 188 Derailment in Philadelphia. (NTSB photo)
NTSB Recorder Specialist Cassandra Johnson works with officials on the scene of the Amtrak Train 188 Derailment in Philadelphia. (NTSB photo)

Amtrak is “run in a Soviet-style operation,” a Congressman told CNN in the wake of Tuesday’s deadly derailment in Philadelphia.

“There’s no question the United States has a third-world rail system. It’s a monopoly run in a Soviet-style operation. Amtrak,” U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., told CNN.

Eight people were killed after the Washington-to-New York train derailed in the Port Richmond section of town. Investigators believe the train was speeding at the time of the crash.

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