A federal investigation released on Wednesday has revealed that the Amtrak train that crashed outside of Philadelphia on Tuesday night may have reached speeds of 106 mph before derailing at a sharp curve where the speed limit was just 50 mph. According to the Associated Press, the train’s engineer Brandon Bostian applied the emergency brakes moments before the crash, but was only able to slow the train to 102 mph by the time the locomotive’s black box stopped recording. It is believed that the speed limit immediately before the curve was 80 mph. An attorney for Bostian told ABC News Wednesday that the 32-year-old engineer has no recollection of the crash — which killed at least seven people — but is cooperating with authorities.
Investigators: Train in deadly wreck was speeding 106 mph: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/fe090673280f4a69bc777076845eb364/amtrak-train-derails-killing-5-people-investigation-begins
Amtrak Train Derailed Going 106 M.P.H. on Sharp Curve; at Least 7 Killed: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/14/us/amtrak-train-derails-crash-philadelphia.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=span-ab-top-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news
Amtrak train thought to be going 100 mph – CNN.com: http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/13/us/philadelphia-amtrak-train-derailment/
Amtrak Engineer of Derailed Train, Brandon Bostian, Can’t Remember Crash Details – ABC News: http://abcnews.go.com/US/amtrak-engineer-derailed-train-identified-brandon-bostian/story?id=31023810