Amtrak travelers wary after deadly S. Carolina crash

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Amtrak trains leave the New Rochelle station for destinations ranging from Boston to Philadelphia to Richmond, Virginia, but a deadly weekend crash gave some riders second thoughts about boarding Monday.

The Sunday crash injured almost 120 people and killed an engineer and a conductor in South Carolina. Amtrak says its signal system was down in the area and the tracks were being controlled manually.

Jody Gruder, of Pleasantville, says she was a little leery before stepping on board. She travels for business all the time, and Monday was her first trip on Amtrak since Sunday's deadly crash.

"It's a little nerve wracking, but I think they say chances go down after something happens," she says.

The NTSB says the accident could have been avoided if the train was using a positive control system, which is designed to avoid crashes and derailments.

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