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Amtrak engineer was not using phone during crash

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Published on June 12, 2015 with No Comments

Federal crash investigators said that the Amtrak engineer involved in a fatal crash in Philadelphia last month wasn’t using his cell phone around the time of the accident.
National Transportation Safety Board investigators had said that the engineer, Brandon Bostian, had been using his phone for calls, texts and data during the day of the crash May 12, which killed eight passengers and injured 200.But investigators had to conduct a more detailed examination of cell-phone records to determine precisely when he was using the phone.The analysis doesn’t indicate that any calls, texts, or data usage occurred during the time the engineer was operating the train, according to NTSB. Amtrak’s records confirm that the engineer did not access the train’s Wi-Fi system while he was operating the locomotive, investigators said.
The engineer provided the NTSB with the passcode to the cell phone, which allowed investigators to access the data without having to go through the phone manufacturer.
The train was going 106 mph into a curve in the northbound tracks — nearly twice the posted speed limit — at the time of the derailment. But the engineer has said he doesn’t remember what happened to cause the crash and investigators continue to explore what caused the accident.

 

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