Sunday 28 May 2017

Driver likely 'distracted by the radio' as train hit double the speed limit before deadly derailment

The train was reportedly traveling more than double the suggested speed when it hit a curve
The train was reportedly traveling more than double the suggested speed when it hit a curve

Federal officials investigating the May 2015 Amtrak derailment that killed eight people have reportedly determined the engineer driving the train was distracted by radio traffic when the accident occurred.

A theory held by National Transportation Safety Board investigators suggests that the engineer, Brandon Bostian, had been distracted when he heard radio dispatches moments before the 12 May 2015 crash in Philadelphia, NBC reports.

The train, traveling from DC to New York,  hit a curve at 106 mph - more than double the authorised speed limit. NTSB officials had previously said that the engineer had been distracted, but had not mentioned what caused it.

Officials released more than 160 documents that included an interview with Mr Bostian where he said he had a “dream-like” memory of the crash.

“I remember holding onto the controls tightly and feeling like, okay well this is it, I'm going over,” Bostian said.

Members of the NTSB are expected to vote during a hearing in Washington DC to finalise its investigation into the crash that also injured more than 200 passengers.

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