By: Allan M. Siegel
After reviewing preliminary data, Federal investigators with the National
Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have stated that Amtrak Northeast Regional
Train 188 was traveling over 100 mph before it derailed on a stretch of
track in Philadelphia - roughly twice the 50 mph speed limit for the curve
it was on.
In addition to initial information about the train’s speed - which
was secured through the train’s black box data recorder - there
have been additional developments in Tuesday evening’s tragic crash
and what officials are saying. Just this morning, the body of an 8
th victim was found at the scene.
Here are the latest updates about the May 12
th Amtrak crash:
- NTSB investigators have reported that the black box put the train’s
speed at 106 mph moments before the curve where it derailed. The speed
limit for entering the curve is 50 mph.
On Thursday, authorities confirmed the 8
th death linked to Tuesday’s fatal crash after a body was discovered
in the wreckage of one of the rail cars. During a press conference, officials
stated they believe all passengers have now been accounted for.
- The black box showed that the train’s engineer did apply emergency
brakes when approaching the curve, but the train’s speed was only
slowed to 80 mph immediately before the curve.
- Investigators cautioned that even if speed was to blame for the derailment,
it might not have been the engineer’s fault. The NTSB is still investigating
the incident to determine whether human performance, track conditions,
mechanical malfunction, or some other factor led to the excessive speed.
- Although investigators have not determined the exact cause of the incident,
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has already placed blame on the train’s
engineer, calling his actions “reckless.”
- An attorney for the train’s engineer has stated that he has “no
recollection of the incident” and “no explanation” for
As investigators continue to explore the possibilities of what led to this
crash, victims and families are forced to deal with the tragic consequences.
At least 8 passengers have died as a result of the incident and numerous
others have been treated for injuries. The sheer scope of this accident
make it clear that victims and the public deserve to know what caused
the accident, and why it wasn’t prevented.
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. continues to offer our support
and service to anyone affected by the
Amtrak accident. If you have questions about your legal rights,
contact our firm for a free consultation.