Train en­gi­neer didn’t use phone

Los Angeles Times - - THE NATION - — Tina Susman

The en­gi­neer of an Am­trak pas­sen­ger train that derailed last month, killing eight peo­ple, was not us­ing his cell­phone or the train’s Wi-Fi sys­tem dur­ing the Wash­ing­ton-New York run, the Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Board said.

If Bran­don Bos­tian had been us­ing his cell­phone, he would have been in vi­o­la­tion of fed­eral rail­way rules.

“Anal­y­sis of the phone records does not in­di­cate that any calls, texts or data us­age oc­curred dur­ing the time the en­gi­neer was op­er­at­ing the train,” the NTSB said in a state­ment posted on its web­site.

The anal­y­sis re­moves one pos­si­ble cause of the ex­ces­sive speed that led Am­trak Train 188 to de­rail on May 12 in Philadel­phia. The train was trav­el­ing at more than 100 mph as it en­tered a curve zoned for 50 mph.

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