Friday, May 15, 2015

NTSB Reveals Amtrak Train Sped Up Seconds Before Deadly Crash In Philadelphia

The National Transportation and Safety Board revealed Thursday that the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia Tuesday night was accelerating seconds before it entered a sharp turn and crashed.Eight passengers have been confirmed dead, and more than 200 were injured.

Robert Sumwalt of the NTSB said his team was building a timeline of what happened leading up to the crash based on video footage that cut out seconds before the crash. At 43 seconds before the end of the video, the train's speed exceeded 80 miles per hour, Sumwalt said. Thirty-one seconds before the end, the train was going over 90 miles per hour, and 16 seconds before the crash, the train was going over 100 miles per hour.

The NTSB also said the train's engineer, Bradon Bostian, applied emergency brakes seconds before the crash.

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