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(Portland, OR)  --  Transportation officials are shutting down the high-speed train route at the center of a deadly crash Monday until an automatic braking system becomes operational.  The Washington Department of Transportation announced yesterday that Amtrak trains will no longer run on the Point Defiance Bypass route until "positive train control" technology is implemented.  The technology involves sensors placed along the tracks that can communicate with hardware outfitted on the trains.  The Amtrak 501 train from Seattle to Portland was travelling 50 miles per hour over the speed limit when it derailed and crashed onto I-5 Monday, killing three people and injuring dozens others.

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