Investigators questioning Amtrak train 188’s engineer


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Investigators have been on the scene of the Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia. The death toll in Tuesday’s crash is now up to seven and still could rise. And now investigators are calling the speed of the train a major factor.

We know it was a 32-year-old man from Queens New York running the train and we know that his lawyer says he has no memory of the crash.Related: Investigators: Train in deadly wreck was going 106 mph

His name is Brandon Bostian, and investigators say the train’s data recorder shows he had the train going 106 miles an hour as it went from a stretch of track with an 80 mile an hour speed limit into a turn with a 50 mile an hour limit. They say Bostian tripped the emergency brake, but it was too late. That part of the northeast corridor does not have the latest in safety technology, known as positive train control. That would have automatically slowed the train down.

You may have heard about positive train control because some of our local politicians have been pushing Metro North to install it around here ever since the fatal derailment in the Bronx. Just days ago, Metro North finalized an almost one billion dollar loan so it can install that technology. Amtrak has it in places, just not that place.Related: Governor Malloy: Rail needs to be as safe as possible

As the cleanup continues, so does the bad news about victims. The death toll is now up to seven. Crews are using dogs to search for more victims who might have been thrown from the train

At Union Station the departure board shows all trains on time – Metro North, Shoreline East and Amtrak. Amtrak trains are still not running between New York and Philadelphia, however. To get beyond New York, you’ll have to drive, fly or take a bus.

Now there is modified Amtrak service.

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