Amtrak Engineer Didn’t Tell Dispatchers Train Was Struck: Investigator

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Amtrak Engineer Didn’t Tell Dispatchers Train Was Struck: Investigator.

Conductor Brandon Bostian departs on a Chicago-bound Amtrak train. Those safety improvements are updates like the installation of Positive Train Control which automatically slows the train down when it’s going too fast. Bostian was at the controls of an Amtrak train from Philadelphia to New York on May 12 when it crashed at more than 100 miles an hour in a curve, killing eight people.

He says it’s taken longer than anticipated to put them into effect because of a number of factors. “That particular area was getting prepared to actually be put on-line, but it needed to have some additional testing done before they could actually activate it,” Rosenker explains. Louis Post-Dispatch/Polaris WASHINGTON—The engineer of the Amtrak train involved in a deadly derailment last week didn’t tell dispatchers that any objects had hit the train before it crashed, the incident’s lead investigator said Sunday. National Transportation Safety Board Member Robert Sumwalt said investigators had interviewed dispatchers and listened to tapes of communications they had with the engineer, Brandon Bostian. “We heard no communications at all from the Amtrak engineer to the dispatch center to say that something had struck his train,” Mr. Sumwalt said the Federal Bureau of Investigation would examine the locomotive’s windshield after crew members reported that the train may have been struck by a projectile.

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