What Really Happened During Tuesday’s Philadelphia Amtrak Crash


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 – Latest update: 7:18 pm PST – 

Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian has agreed to be interviewed by the National Transportation Safety Board, unfortunately he may recall very little. His Facebook page is filled with supportive messages.

Bostian has had 15 staples in his head and a stitch in one leg. His lawyer Robert Goggin said his client remembers coming into the curve and reducing speed but doesn’t remember much else due to the concussion. Bostian, however, does remember calling 911 from his cellphone.

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On Tuesday, Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia carrying 243 passengers onboard. The train was heading from Washington, D.C., to New York. The train derailed at 9:20 pm in Philadelphia. All seven cars of the train derailed during the crash with the first two cars being the most heavily damaged.

Derrick Sawyer, Philadelphia Fire Commissioner, was part of the team searching with a cadaver dog on Thursday morning when a severely twisted body was discovered in midst of the wreckage in the first car of the train.

Later on Thursday, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) confirmed details during the crash from the information gathered via the train’s black box recorders. The train’s speed was 100 mph 16 seconds prior to the crash while the speed limit is 50 mph on the curve where the crash occurred. Seconds before the crash, the train was at 106 mph. The recording shows the engineer hit emergency brakes 3 seconds before the recording stopped when the train was at 102 mph.

According to NTSB member Robert Sumwalt, if the train was installed with a Positive Train Control, which is a speed control system, the crash could’ve been prevented:

Based on what we know right now, we feel that had such a system been installed in this section of track, this type of incident would not have occurred.

Two days after the crash, city officials announced the total number of death toll. Eight victims (names have yet to be released) died while more than 140 people were injured. On Thursday, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter verified that all 243 passengers onboard have been accounted for.

At the press conference, Amtrak CEO Joseph Boardman explained that by the end of this year, Positive Train Control should be installed on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor.

Source: CNN. Additional reporting by Jetset Times.

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