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Posts Tagged ‘amtrak train crash’

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The Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia, killing at least seven people and injuring more than 200, was traveling at 106 mph shortly before the crash, the National Transportation Safety Board confirmed Wednesday.

Robert Sumwalt, NTSB board member, said that the emergency brakes slowed the train down to 102 mph before the accident.

That speed was twice the limit for the section of curved track north of Philadelphia where the accident occurred. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, reacting to word of the train’s speed, said, “That’s just insanity.”

Nutter said he nevertheless didn’t want to prejudge. “We know what happened. We don’t know why.”

It was the nation’s deadliest train accident in nearly seven years.

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Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey said Wednesday that the train’s engineer, who has not been officially identified, declined to give a statement to police investigators and left a police facility with an attorney. CNN and CBS News identified the engineer as Brandon Bostian.

Attorney Robert Goggin told ABC’s Nightline on Wednesday that he represents Bostian, who does not remember what happened when the train went off the rails. Goggin said Bostian suffered a concussion in the crash as well injuries to both legs. Goggin said Bostian told him he had no significant health issues before the crash and was not on any medications. Bostian is cooperating with authorities and has turned over a blood sample, according to Goggin.

Amtrak’s Northeast Regional Train 188 from Washington, D.C., to New York City was carrying 238 passengers and five crew members when it left the track soon after 9 p.m. ET Tuesday, throwing all seven cars into disarray along the busy New York-Philadelphia corridor.