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Amtrak train sped up for about a minute before the crash, NTSB says

Posted on May 15, 2015

Event recorder from Amtrak locomotive involved in Philadelphia crash. Photo: NTSB
Event recorder from Amtrak locomotive involved in Philadelphia crash. Photo: NTSB

PHILADELPHIA — The Amtrak train that crashed Tuesday sped up from 70 mph to more than 100 mph in less than a minute before derailing, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday, according to The Washington Post.

There was no explanation for that acceleration, the NTSB said, but the train’s engineer, Brandon Bostian has agreed to be interviewed by federal investigators, the Post reported.

Bostian’s attorney, Robert S. Goggin, told ABC News that his client was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and his cellphone was off and stored in a bag — per regulations. He also said Bostian consented to give a blood sample to authorities, according to the report.

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