Engineer of Train in Philadelphia Crash Has 'No Recollection' of Cause

The engineer of the train that derailed in Philadelphia on Tuesday evening has “absolutely no recollection of the incident or anything unusual” that might have caused the crash, according to the his attorney, Robert Goggin. “He remembers coming into the curve (and) attempting to reduce speed…The last thing he recalls is coming to, looking for his bag, getting his cell phone, turning it on and calling 911,” Goggin reported to CNN.

The engineer, Brandon Bostian, 32, has been fully cooperating with the police and other investigators throughout this time. Prior to his attorney arriving on the scene, Bostian spent five to six hours speaking with police. He insisted that the warrants for a blood sample and his cell phone were unnecessary, and he offered them up voluntarily. His attorney adds that Bostian has no medical conditions that would cause an incident like this, and that his blood was clean of alcohol or drugs.

Bostian’s attorney says that he allegedly recalls coming into the curve, trying to reduce speed, and then awaking after the crash. According to the train data recorder, the train was going 106 mph when Bostian pressed the emergency brake, only seconds before the recording ended. For reference, the curve the train was on at the time has a 50 mph speed limit, and the general speed limit for the train was 80 mph. Bostian has been cooperating with the National Transportation Safety Board, but his help has been limited due to the injuries he sustained from the crash, which include a head injury and a knee injury that both required multiple stitches.

Goggin added that regarding the crash, Bostian was “distraught when he learned of the devastation. He was distraught.” Bostian has also committed to fully cooperating with police and NTSB investigators for as long as they need it.


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