Amtrak 188

Amtrak 188 engineer lost ‘situational awareness,' caused derailment: NTSB

At a hearing in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board ruled a fatal derailment in Philadelphia was caused by the engineer losing "situational awareness" as he accelerated the train to twice the speed limit“By the time he traveled around the curve, he had lost...

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 7:22pm

Engineer distracted by radio traffic in deadly Amtrak crash: Reports

The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded that the engineer of an Amtrak passenger train that crashed in Philadelphia in 2015 was distracted by radio traffic, NBC News reported on Monday, citing an unnamed source.The derailment on May 12, 2015, killed eight people and injured more than...

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 3:07am

NTSB to announce Tuesday 'probable cause' of Amtrak 188 derailment

The National Transportation Safety Boardwill announce on Tuesday the "probable cause" of the Amtrak #188 derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight people and injured more than 200 passengers.The derailment occurred on May 12, 2015, at one of the sharpest curves along the Northeastern railroad...

Monday, May 16, 2016 - 2:30pm

Read the interview with doomed Amtrak train's engineer Brandon Bostian

A massive docket of approximately 2,200 pages dumped online Monday by the National Transportation Safety Board from their investigation into Amtrak #188 derailment includes two interviews by officials with Brandon Bostian, the engineer who was driving the doomed train before it crashed in...

Monday, February 1, 2016 - 10:36pm

Amtrak crash still a mystery months later despite NTSB data dump

Nine months after the deadliest train derailment in recent history took place in Philly city limits, a long-awaited report from the National Transportation Safety Board on the crash is expected to be issued Monday.Eight people died in the crash. Hundreds were injured, including Philly chef Eli Kulp...

Monday, February 1, 2016 - 3:30pm

Amtrak fully restores NE Corridor service day early as crash vics buried

At about 5:30 a.m. at New York's Penn Station and 6 a.m. in Philly -- a half hour late -- it was all aboard again for Amtrak service between the two cities.Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter was glad-handing several passengers and crew and started taking cell phone photos when the New York-bound...

Monday, May 18, 2015 - 7:13pm

Amtrak, SEPTA service to return at derailment site

Amtrak's Northeast Corridor between Philadelphia and New York and SEPTA's Trenton Regional Rail line are scheduled to resume service Monday morning, even as the investigation into the fatal train derailment that took place on those tracks last week continues.The U.S. Department of Transportation's...

Monday, May 18, 2015 - 3:32am

Investigation continues as debate of rail safety heats up

As investigators continue their probe into exactly how an Amtrak train that derailed Tuesday night came to be traveling at twice the posted speed limit, lawmakers in Washington traded barbs over whether the rail system’s safety budget was adequately funded.The derailment occurred as the train was...

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 7:16pm

Train was accelerating in final minute before crash: NTSB

In the final 60 seconds before Amtrak 188 derailed, the train accelerated from 75 mph to more than 100 mph, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reported Thursday evening.However, no official cause of the crash and why the train accelerated has not yet been determined, said NTSB board...

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 4:00am

Breaking: 8th fatality in Amtrak derailment, all passengers accounted for

An eighth victim has been confirmed dead in the Amtrak 188.The latest victim was recovered by a cadaver dog on Thursday morning, officials said at a press conference onThursday afternoon.Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said all 243 passengers believed to be on the train have been accounted for."“...

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 9:38pm

Who is Amtrak driver Brandon Bostian?

An attorney representing the engineer driving Amtrak #188 has said his client does not recall the derailment or anything leading up to it.Engineer Brandon Bostian'sattorney Robert Goggin III told ABC's NightlineBostian recalls nothing about the crash."He remembers driving the train. He remembers...

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 8:26am

While you were sleeping...

Good morningBefore you left your house, Amtrak commuters had booked flights, as Johnny Depp was cautioned for jetting his pets into Australia.Taliban claimed a Kabul hotel shooting while Obama planned to calm Arab allies' frayed nerves. House of Representatives conservatives vowed to restrict...

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 6:35am

Flights spike as Amtrak commuters can't use nation's busiest rail route

Reuters –Thousands of travelers stranded by the deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia on the nation's busiest passenger rail line rushed on Wednesday to overcome a commuting nightmare and find other ways to reach their destinations.Would-be riders waiting to settle into reserved Amtrak seats...

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 6:09am

Train braked on curve at 106 mph before derailment

An Amtrak train that derailed Tuesday, killing at least seven and sending 200 to area hospitals was traveling at twice the posted speed limit for the curve where the accident occurred.But it isn't clear that speed alone was the sole factor in the crash, said Robert Sumwalt, a member of the National...

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 6:50pm

Expert: Amtrak still safe in spite of Philadelphia crash

Tuesday’s fatal Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia has stranded commuters up and down the northeast corridor, and left travelers on their toes in the wake of the fatal crash.The crash left seven dead and 200 injured. A preliminary investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board found that...

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 5:37pm

A strange, quiet Penn Station the day after deadly Amtrak derailment

Penn Station at noon is usually just as busy as the midtown streets surrounding it. But the day after the fatal Amtrak train derailment that killed seven people and injured many more, the usually bustling hub was eerily quiet.The Amtrak waiting concourse, so packed with people on a normal day that...

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 3:54pm

Brooklyn-bound Amtrak 188 survivor desribes horror of crash

A man headed to Brooklyn on the Amtrak train that derailed Tuesday night in Port Richmond described the horrific experience after being released from a hospital.Jeff Kutler, who was traveling on Amtrak 188 from Washington, D.C. to Brooklyn, said he was onboard one of the train cars that derailed."...

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 1:49pm

Impact: The horrific moment when Amtrak 188 flew off the rails

It was a typical trek on Amtrak’s most lucrative line. Quiet even.Train 188 out of D.C. had minutes earlier left Philly’s 30th Street Station and was accelerating north to Penn, in New York, when the calm went to chaos.RELATED: At least six dead, dozens injured in Amtrak 188 disaster.Janna D'...

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 11:01am

Damage control underway in wake of Amtrak 188 crash; SEPTA Trenton line closed

Read: "Impact: The horrific moment when Amtrak 188 flew off the rails" for a detailed story of what happened to passengers when the the train derailed around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night.1:08 p.m.: Drexel professor discusses possible causes for crash; international travelers among victimsDr. Joseph...

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 9:28am

Death toll in Philly Amtrak disaster rises to 6; FBI rules out terrorism

The nightmare images from the outside only make the idea of what happened inside more unimaginable but as the sun rose Wednesday, the reality of Tuesday night’s Amtrak disaster in North Philly fully set in.At least six people are dead and half a dozen of the 65 injured are in critical, officials...

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 11:04pm