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At Least 6 Dead, Scores Injured In Philly Train Derailment

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    [h=1]Six dead and 140 injured as train carrying 243 derails and rips apart in Philadelphia: Seven cars crash off the tracks en route from Washington to New York as mayor calls scene a 'disastrous mess'[/h]
    • Train 188 traveling from Washington DC to New York City on Tuesday night went off the tracks in Philadelphia
    • At least six people were killed in the crash and more than 140 were sent to hospitals; eight are in critical condition
    • Seven cars derailed around 9.20pm carrying 243 people - 238 passengers and five crew members
    • Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia said the scene was an 'absolute disastrous mess' before adding: 'I've never seen anything like this in my life'
    • The mass casualty incident required 200 police officers and 120 firefighters on the scene, and all passengers have still not been accounted for
    • FBI agents arrived on the scene soon after the crash but said there is no indication of terrorism in the derailment


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    [h=1]Harrowing footage from inside stricken Amtrak train reveals terror of passengers after it 'suddenly started to shake and then just rolled and rolled'[/h]
    • Video from aftermath of Tueday's train crash was posted on Instagram
    • Train 188 was traveling from Washington DC, to New York City
    • Crashed in Philadelphia when train went into turn and began shaking
    • Seven cars carrying about 240 people derailed around 9.20pm
    • Six people confirmed dead and dozens more were taken to hospital


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    [h=1]America's busiest stretch of railroad rocked by second major crash in three months: Accident comes just weeks after Westchester wreck killed six[/h]
    • Crash came on US's busiest stretch of railway, the Northeast Corridor line
    • Two deadly incidents in the last two years came on Metro North, the New York area train service that connects Amtrak's line from DC to Boston
    • In February a mother stopped on Metro North tracks in Valhalla and caused crash that killed six and injured more than a dozen
    • Amtrak trains in Louisiana, Rhode Island and North Carolina have also seen recent fatal crashes into vehicles


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    I wonder who is in the list of dead? Hmmm.....
     
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    [h=1]Pictured: Missing CEO and married mom, 39, who texted husband to say she was on Amtrak train before it derailed, killing six and injuring more than 140 as authorities look at whether speed was a factor[/h]
    • Rachel Jacobs, 39, told her husband she was on the New York-bound train on Tuesday night and has not been heard from since; co-workers say they've checked with local hospitals and cannot find her
    • Seven cars from Train 188 derailed near Philadelphia just after 9pm on Tuesday as it traveled from Washington D.C. with more than 240 people on board
    • Six people have died, eight are in critical condition and more than 140 were taken to hospital
    • The crash unfolded near a curve in the tracks and investigators are looking into whether the train's speed, the curve, driver error or equipment failure could have been to blame
    • On Wednesday morning, investigators from the Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Railroad Administration started arriving at the scene
    • Amtrak hotline for those concerned they may have friends and family on board: 800-523-9101


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    [h=1]'Reckless' Amtrak engineer, 32, who was driving doomed train at 106mph claims he has no memory of crash that killed seven - as it's revealed a DOZEN are still missing[/h]
    • Brandon Bostian, 32, was driving train when it came off of the tracks
    • Memphis, Tennessee-native has been an Amtrak engineer since 2009
    • He has reportedly been interviewed by police and has given a blood test
    • His attorney said he had no memory of the deadly crash
    • Officials have said about a dozen people are still missing and unaccounted from the crash
    • Law enforcement are trying to get a search warrant for his phone records
    • Friends are supporting him on Facebook, with one saying: 'It could have been any one of us'
    • The NTSB has confirmed the train was speeding before it came off tracks
    • Philadelphia Mayor Michael Mutter says the driving was 'reckless'
    • Amtrak have suspended their customer experience surveys in the aftermath


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    I'd like to see his cell phone records for the time of the crash. Texting?
     
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    I don't know why, but I have a hunch this Engineer crashed on purpose. He just looks like a psycho to me. Yeah, he put the brakes on at the last second, but you don't stop a train like a car. Just a wild guess, plus he Lawyered up real quick like. Cops better get his computers and devices confiscated ASAP.
     
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    lol....................:beerglass:


    Amtrak train was controlled by engineer Brandon Bostian, of Queens, who has 'no explanation' for crash, lawyer says
    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nat...ngineer-refuses-talk-police-article-1.2221181
     
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    Came across this by accident.

    [h=1]FBI Warns of Train Derailment Threat[/h]W A S H I N G T O N, May 8
    By Jason A. Ryan




    Devices that could be used by terrorists to derail trains are being stolen from rail facilities around the country, the FBI warned today.

    Nine derailers, a piece of railroad equipment used to derail train cars for safety purposes in railyards have been stolen recently, sources said, citing the FBI's weekly intelligence bulletin.

    The theft of these items is strange since they are of little use outside of the rail industry, according to the bulletin.
    Railroads have been targeted in the past by terrorists, the bulletin said.

    It specifically mentioned the Oct. 1995 derailment of an Amtrak train in Hyder, Ariz. In that incident, one person was killed and 78 were injured when parts of the track were sabotaged. The FBI located a derail 50 miles from Hyder.

    The bulletin does not mention a specific threat, and the FBI has no indication the derail thefts are related to terrorism. The bulletin is distributed weekly to 18,000 state and local law enforcement agencies around the United States.

    The bureau has also warned in the past that railways and other mass conveyances could be terrorist targets.


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    This is interesting. Just a coincidence? Or not? Senior VP at Walls Fargo was one of those who died.


    Amtrak crash victim Abid Gilani was returning from funeral
    DOYLE MURPHY
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

    A Wells Fargo executive, traveling after a family funeral, was one of atleast seven people killed on Tuesday in a deadly Amtrak crash, a relative and the company confirmed.

    Abid Gilani, a 55-year-old senior vice president, was a passenger on the Northeast Regional Train 188 when it veered off the track in Philadelphia.

    Gilani and his mother from Toronto had attended funeral services for his uncle in Virginia, and he had to return to New York City for work, a cousin told the Daily News.

    The married father of two had recently relocated with his family to Walnut Creek, Calif. from Maryland while his kids went to college on the West Coast. The dedicated dad and executive had to commute across the country each week to work in Manhattan and returned home each weekend to California to be with his wife.

    His worried spouse rushed to Philadelphia on Wednesday morning when she didn't hear from him. The family is struggling with the grim news of his death.

    "His mother was in town from Toronto for the funeral of her brother and now has to bury her son," the cousin said.

    Gilani had worked for Wells Fargo for about a year after nearly eight years with hotel giant Marriott International.

    He was "a valued member of our Commercial Real Estate division," a spokeswoman told the Daily News. "Our hearts go out to all those impacted by this tragedy."

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    [h=1]FBI investigates report that projectile hit windshield of Amtrak train moments before it crashed... as it's revealed TWO other trains were also struck minutes apart on the same corridor[/h]
    • Conductor on derailed train said she overheard Amtrak Train 188 engineer Brandon Bostian report on the radio that his train was hit in the windshield
    • Moments later, at 9.21pm on Tuesday, the train derailed killing eight
    • At 9.05pm Tuesday, a different Amtrack train reported being struck in a window by an unknown object
    • At 9.10pm Tuesday, a northbound SEPTA regional rail train reported it had been 'hit by a rock or shot at' in the windshield
    • All three incidents happened within a few miles of 30th Street Station along the same stretch of track outside Philadelphia
    • FBI investigating damage to the 'left hand lower portion' of the windshield on the derailed Amtrak Train 188
    • Officials say there is no evidence the three incidents are connected - or that they had anything to do with the derailment


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    [h=1]Amtrak employee, 37, who suffered traumatic brain injury in derailment becomes first victim to file lawsuit against the service[/h]
    • Bruce Phillips was off-duty and traveling in the rear carriage of Train 188 to work at a New York control center when the crash occurred
    • He was thrown around the car before landing on the floor, leaving him with a traumatic brain injury and multiple lacerations, according to his lawsuit
    • He has been released from hospital but has a long recovery period ahead of him, his lawyers said
    • His suit, which is suing for $150,000 for each of four counts, accuses Amtrak of negligence and failing to operate the train safely
    • It has emerged that the train accelerated into the sharp curve before reaching speeds of 106 mph and derailing


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    Judge dismisses charges against Amtrak engineer in 2015 derailment in Philadelphia
    • By MICHAEL R. SISAK
    • Sep 12, 2017 Updated 16 hrs ago

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge on Tuesday dismissed criminal charges against the engineer in an Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight people, citing a lack of evidence.

    "Based on this evidence, I feel it's more likely an accident than criminal negligence," Judge Thomas Gehret said after a preliminary hearing for Brandon Bostian, who faced charges that included involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment.

    The 34-year-old engineer was arrested in May after the family of one of the victims filed a private criminal complaint, and another judge overruled prosecutors who'd said there wasn't enough evidence against him. Bostian's lawyers argued in court documents that the unusual circumstances leading to Bostian's arrest, as the statute of limitations loomed, had violated his due process rights.

    Bostian's Washington-to-New York train tumbled from the tracks on May 12, 2015, after accelerating to 106 mph as it entered a 50-mph curve. About 200 people were injured.

    Federal safety investigators concluded Bostian lost his bearings while distracted by an incident with a nearby train.

    At Tuesday's hearing, a passenger who survived the deadly crash testified that she could feel the train speed up as it approached a curve, then heard a "big bang" as her car hurtled off the tracks and she wound up unconscious in the woods.

    As the train accelerated and began "going way too fast," Blair Berman said she removed an earbud and looked into the aisle to see what was happening.

    "I heard screaming from the front of the car and then a big bang and then I blacked out and woke up in the woods," she said, adding that other passengers were lying on top of her.

    Berman, who suffered several broken bones, testified that she encountered Bostian when she regained consciousness — barefoot and unable to put weight on her leg — and began screaming for help.

    She said Bostian initially refused to let her use his phone, then relented, and she called her father.

    Berman, who was living in New York at the time of the crash and was heading home after a Mother's Day weekend in the Philadelphia area, said Bostian appeared alert and aware. She said he was able to tell her where along the route the train had crashed.

    But Philadelphia Police Det. Joseph Knoll, testifying later Tuesday, said that Bostian didn't seem to know where he was when he arrived at a hospital a few miles from the crash scene.

    "Are we in New York?" Bostian asked nurses and others as he walked into the hospital, according to Knoll.

    Knoll said he could tell Bostian was injured in the crash because he had a visible head wound, but didn't know the engineer had suffered a concussion.

    The National Transportation Safety Board found no evidence that Bostian was impaired or using a cellphone. The agency also called Amtrak's long failure to implement automatic speed control throughout the busy Northeast Corridor a contributing factor.

    It has since installed speed controls on all the tracks it owns on the Northeast Corridor from Boston to Washington.

    Tuesday's testimony revealed that Bostian had a second electronic device with him the night of the crash — a tablet computer.

    Eric McClendon, with the police department's bomb disposal unit, said he found a small tablet inside Bostian's backpack in the locomotive. But the device later went missing and was never examined by federal investigators for possible use while Bostian was operating the train.

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