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Engineer Claims No Recollection in Amtrak Crash

Destiny Baker1 year ago

According to the Washington Post, an Amtrak train traveling from Washington, D.C. to New York derailed two weeks ago.

Engineer Claims No Memory of the Crash

Videos from the train were found that showed the train accelerating from 70 mph to 102 mph in the last few seconds before the derailment.

Although the train’s engineer, Brandon Bostian, 32, is responsible for the train’s speed, his attorney said that he had a concussion and has no recollection of the last few seconds before the crash. But, it was discovered that Bostian was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol or distracted by his cell phone.

This week, investigators accounted for everyone that was traveling on the train when they discovered the last body, Bob Gildersleeve Jr., 45. Of the eight fatalities, two other bodies have been identified: Laura Finamore, 47 and Giuseppe Piras, 41.

There were also over 200 injuries out of the 234 people on the train.

Amtrak Accident Was Preventable

Currently, investigators determined that if “positive train control” had been installed in the train, it would have slowed the train down to the mandated speed limit at that curve.

Congress set a December 31st deadline in order to ensure that the train line installed the positive train control system, but it is clear that the rest of the railroad industry will not be able to meet that deadline. Amtrak is also expected to face hundreds of lawsuits for the families and victims of the derailment.

But, Amtrak will not pay more than 200 million dollars in accordance to a previous court case that set that monetary limit for Amtrak liability cases. Unfortunately, that means that many people will not be adequately compensated.

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