NTSB rules that Amtrak engineer did not use cell phone

Investigators in the Amtrak crash said Wednesday that Amtrak engineer, Brandon Bostian involved in the fatal crash in Philadelphia was not using his cellphone around the time of the accident. Investigators previously said he was using his phone for calls, texts and data during day of the crash, which killed eight passengers and injured 200. Investigators conducted a more detailed examine of Bostian’s cell phone records to determine exactly when he was using the phone. Whether Bostian was distracted by his phone was one of the lines of inquiry investigators pursued as they try to determine why the train went into a curve at more than twice the speed limit and derailed minutes after leaving a Philadelphia station. Amtrak’s records show that the engineer didn’t use the train’s Wi-Fi system while operating the locomotive, the NTSB said.

Bostian previously told investigators after the crash that he could not recall anything that happened after he pulled the whistle as he speeded past the North Philadelphia station, three miles prior to the crash. Amtrak Northeast Regional Train No. 188 was heading to New York when it derailed in Philadelphia at 9:21 p.m. The train entered a curve at 106 mph through the curve which had a speed limit of 50 mph. An attorney for Bostian, Robert Goggin, said last month that Bostian wasn’t drunk, drugged or distracted by his cell…Read more at Examiner.com


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