Monday, May 18, 2015

AMTRAK - Philadelphia Crash

"Derailed train investigation turns to engineer who suffered concussion" PBS NewsHour 5/14/2015


SUMMARY:  Emergency crews found another victim in the wreckage of Amtrak train 188, which crashed Tuesday night in Philadelphia; all passengers and crew members believed on board have now been accounted for.  Officials identified the train's engineer as Brandon Bostian, who suffered a concussion and other injuries during the crash.  Gwen Ifill reports.

GWEN IFILL (NewsHour):  The search for answers of what caused the deadly derailment of an Amtrak train continued, as the focus shifted to the engineer.

Emergency crews labored steadily for a second day on the wreckage of Amtrak Train 188 in North Philadelphia, as officials confirmed grim news of another death.

DERRICK SAWYER, Fire Commissioner, Philadelphia Fire Commissioner:  We utilized our hydraulic tools to open up the train a little bit more so that we can reach the person, and were able to extricate that person and have them transported to the medical examiner’s office.

GWEN IFILL:  All 243 passengers and crew aboard the derailed train have now been accounted for.  According to investigators, the train was moving at 102 miles an hour Tuesday night, more than twice the speed limit, when it careened off the tracks.

Elsewhere in Philadelphia this morning, a freight train also derailed in an unrelated incident.  No deaths or injuries were reported.  The Amtrak train’s engineer was identified as 32-year-old New Yorker Brandon Bostian.  He suffered a concussion and other injuries during the crash.

On ABC’s Good Morning America, Bostian’s lawyer, Robert Goggin, said his client remembers nothing of the wreck.

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