NTSB: Amtrak Train Was Traveling At 106mph
The Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia injuring 200 people and killing at least seven, was traveling an astonishing 106 mph before the deadly crash, according to a National Transportation Board Safety official.
The 100 mph+ speed was more than twice the recommended velocity for that particular curved part of the track. “Robert Sumwalt, NTSB board member, said that the emergency brakes slowed the train down to 102 mph before the accident.”
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, reacting to word of the train’s speed, said, “That’s just insanity.” But Nutter said didn’t want to prejudge. “We know what happened. We don’t know why.”
Even before the speed of the train was made public, lefties and Democrats were pointing the finger at Republican infrastructure cuts as a cause for the crash. Now that we know the train was taking a curve at twice the recommended speed, that will be a tougher case to make.
According to officials, the train’s engineer is not cooperating with authorities.
Philadelphia police commissioner Charles Ramsey said Wednesday that the train’s engineer, who has not been officially identified, declined to give a statement to police investigators and left a police facility with an attorney. CNN and CBS News identified the engineer as Brandon Bostian. More