The Latest on the Amtrak Crash: Passengers sue, citing speed and lack of safeguards

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Two cousins from Spain, a New York City advertising executive and a New Jersey woman are among passengers suing over injuries from last week's Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia.

Lawyers Robert Mongeluzzi and Thomas Kline blame the engineer for excessive speed and Amtrak for failing to have a system in place to override human error.

The injured plaintiffs include 64-year-old Felicidad Redondo Iban, who lawyers say had her right arm nearly severed, and her cousin 55-year-old Maria Jesus Redondo Iban, whose injuries they say include lacerations, bruises and post-traumatic stress.

The other plaintiffs announced Monday include ad executive Daniel Armyn, who had three broken ribs, lost teeth and tore ligaments in his knee, and Amy Miller of Princeton, who suffered a concussion and back injuries.

Amtrak has said it doesn't comment on pending litigation.

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7 a.m.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says the government is looking to take additional steps, beyond the activation of the automatic train control systems for the Northeast Corridor to ensure safe travel.

Interviewed Monday on MSNBC, Foxx said the government aims to make sure that "intercity travel sets a high bar for safety."

Foxx said his agency is looking into the entire rail system and isn't done yet.

He noted that the National Transportation Safety Board is the lead federal agency on investigating what caused last Tuesday's deadly derailment that killed eight and injured more than 200 and said once it's know what caused the accident, you can expect additional corrective measures to be taken.

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6:45 a.m.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter kept his promise of being on hand when Amtrak service resumed after the derailment that killed eight passengers and injured more than 200.

Nutter was at 30th Street Station Monday morning as service resumed between Philadelphia and New York City just after 6 a.m.

Nutter had told Amtrak's president and board chairman that he'd be at 30th Street whenever service resumed.

Nutter hugged the first passenger in line, Mary Schaheen. He told her and others in line that he was out at the curve on Sunday and that the repairs look beautiful.

He says getting trains back is credit to Amtrak's crews who "worked diligently but have also been very, very mindful of the tragedy last week."

"I just wanted to be here to see those first passengers, give them an additional sense of confidence about what has happened here, the relationship between the City of Philadelphia and Amtrak — which is tremendously strong — and just make sure that everyone gets off in a positive way leaving Philadelphia today," Nutter said.

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6:30 a.m.

Regional commuter rail service has resumed along the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority's Trenton Line after it was halted last week because of the Amtrak crash in Philadelphia.

Trains began rolling Monday with delays because of continued repairs at Frankford Junction.

SEPTA says trains headed to Trenton will not stop at North Philadelphia, Bridesburg and Tacony stations. SEPTA trains headed toward Philadelphia will not stop at North Philadelphia Station.

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6:15 a.m.

Mary Schaheen of Philadelphia was among passengers waiting to board a train to New York City, and was confident in Amtrak's ability to provide a safe ride.

Schaheen said she takes the train once a week or every other week, and on Monday was headed to the UBS Life Sciences conference and didn't want to miss it.

"I'm confident Amtrak wouldn't put us back on route unless they thought it was safe to put us back on route," she said. "I'm sure they have all the resources to have worked through it in the days since this tragedy

"I, like a lot of other people, have to get to New York."

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6:10 a.m.

Passenger trains are again rolling between Philadelphia and New York City.

Amtrak restored full service on its busy Northeast Corridor early Monday when a train headed south from New York City's Penn Station and another headed north from Philadelphia.

Amtrak vowed to have safer trains and tracks while investigators work to determine the cause of Tuesday night's derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight passengers and injured more than 200.

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5:55 a.m.

Amtrak has restored full service on its busy Northeast Corridor for the first time since last week's derailment killed eight passengers and injured more than 200.

The first train to head south departed New York City's Penn Station at about 5:30 a.m. Monday.

Another train that was due to leave Philadelphia at 5:53 a.m. is delayed.

Amtrak officials had said all trains rolling between Washington to Boston are in "complete compliance" with federal safety orders following the derailment.