Philadelphia – Investigators haven’t yet released a statement saying what caused the fatal derailment of Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 in Philadelphia last night that left 7 passengers dead and 200 injured. However, a National Transportation Safety Board spokesperson said that preliminary data indicates that the train’s speed exceeded 100 mph before the derailment. That’s more than twice the 50 mph speed limit for the curve it was in.
Brandon Bostian, 32 from New York was the engineer operating the train. He applied full emergency brakes “just moments” before the train derailed, according to NTSB board member Robert Sumwalt. He also said that the train was traveling about 106 mph as it headed into a left turn.
The location of the wreckage and damage to the cars indicated that speed was a likely cause of this tragic accident. Most trains have a data recorder similar to the “black box” commercial airliners have. The train’s data recorder was discovered at the scene and could be the key to determining exactly what caused the accident.
For now, there are still more questions than answers.
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