Train engineer didn’t use phone
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.