After last month’s Amtrak derailment that killed 8 people and injured over 200 others, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) launched an investigation into the cause of the accident. The train was said to be going over 100 miles per hour around a curve that had a 50 mile per hour speed limit. The engineer driving the train suffered a head injury during the accident and is unable to recall the moments prior to the derailment, according to his attorney.
NTSB Investigates Engineer’s Phone Records
NTSB investigators were granted access to the engineer’s cell phone records to determine whether or not he had been distracted by his phone at the time of the derailment. Train engineers are restricted from using cellular phones while operating the train or preparing it for movement.
Findings from the Investigation Released
Earlier this month, the NTSB released its finding. After analyzing the engineer’s phone records, nothing indicated that he had made any calls, sent any texts, or had been using the phone’s data plan at the time of the accident. Amtrak officials also noted that the company’s records show that the engineer had not accessed the onboard Wi-Fi system either.
While the obvious uses of the phone have been ruled out, the NTSB must continue its investigation to determine more complicated things such as whether or not the engineer had been using a third-party application at the time. The agency is examining the phone’s operating system containing over 400,000 files of metadata to make that determination.