Philadelphia, PA (5-14-15) – The engineer in charge of the Amtrak train that derailed Tuesday has no recollection of the accident his attorney said in an interview Thursday morning. Meanwhile safety advocates, federal regulators and lawmakers are wondering why Amtrak trains running on one of the busiest routes on the East Coast.
Amtrak Train 188 was traveling 106 mph, twice the speed limit, when it derailed on a sharp curve in the Port Richmond-area of Philadelphia. Seven people were killed and over 200 hundred were injured.
Speaking to Good Morning, Robert Goggin, the attorney representing train engineer Brandon Bostian has no recall of the accident. Goggin said that his client remembers coming to the curve and attempting to slow the train down, but he has no memory of what happened after the train derailed, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Bostian, 32, suffered a concussion in the crash, but was released from the hospital early Wednesday. His attorney said he was 15 staples in his head.
Goggin also said his client has surrendered his cell phone for examination and has submitted to alcohol and drug testing.
While investigators are trying to piece together the events before and after the crash, many are wondering why the train was going so fast and why were proven safety controls not being utilized in an area that sees a great deal of commuter train traffic.
In a press conference Wednesday afternoon, NTSB board member, Robert Sumwalt noted that this accident could have been prevented if that section of the Northeast rail corridor were outfitted with the positive train control.
Positive trail control is a technology that prevents a train form exceeding the speed limit. It also uses GPS, wireless radios and computers to make trains safer and help prevent serious collisions.
Investigators for the NTSB examined the track in the accident where the accident occurred, but found no issues with the track so speed is still being eyed as the primary cause of the crash.
Hours after the accident Republicans in the House voted to slash Amtrak’s budget by 15 percent, a surprising move given the tragedy that had just unfolded. In fairness, the fact that the train was traveling over 100 mph was not known when lawmakers convened for the hearing which was scheduled before the accident occurred. Amtrak has long said that they aren’t getting the funds they need to operate properly.
When it comes to accidents, ones involving trains are far less common than traffic accidents, but can result in a mass number of casualties and injuries. Victims of accidents shouldn’t have to take on the burden of their medical and other accident-related costs if their accident was someone else’s fault. The accident attorneys at USAttorneys will work tirelessly to ensure the victims they represent get the compensation they need and deserve.
In the aftermath of a major accident, whether on the rails or on the street, victims need to speak with a personal injury attorney before making any decision about how to tackle their injury or wrongful death claim.
 

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