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Amtrak train derailment: train accelerated a minute before it went off the tracks - TomoNews

Amtrak Train 188 accelerated significantly in the minute before it derailed in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday.

NTSB board member Robert Sumwalt said the train's forward-facing camera showed that 65 seconds before the end of the recording, the train's speed was 70 mph; 43 seconds before the end, it was traveling at more than 80 mph; 31 seconds before the crash, the train reached a speed of 90 mph; and 16 seconds before the end of the recording the train was traveling more than 100 mph.

The engineer, identified as 32-year-old Brandon Bostian, also used an emergency brake moments before the train went off the tracks at the Frankford Junction curve in Philadelphia, Sumwalt previously said, as reported by NBC.

According to Sumwalt, the train was placed into engineered-induced braking moments before the derailment, meaning the full emergency brake was applied. While the maximum speed at the curve was 50 mph, Sumwalt said the train was traveling at 106 mph when the engineer induced the brake application. Three seconds later the train speed was at 102 mph after the brake was applied and then it fully derailed, according to Sumwalt.

Amtrak’s Northeast Regional Train 188 derailed Tuesday at around 9.30 p.m. in Philadelphia’s Port Richmond section along the Delaware River. The train was en route from Washington, DC to New York.

The train was heading into a bend in the track when it went off the tracks at a point where a 70 mph stretch turns into a 50 mph curve. All seven train cars derailed and the first car, which separated from the rest, was completely wrecked.

At least eight people were killed and more than 200 injured in the derailment.

The accident disrupted services along the Northeast Corridor, which runs from Boston to Washington and is the busiest and most congested passenger railroad in the United States. The Northeast Corridor served 11.6 million passengers in 2014 and has more than 2,200 commuter and freight trains operating from Boston to Washington each day.


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