Body of eighth victim found in derailment wreckage in Philadelphia

Body of eighth victim found in derailment wreckage in Philadelphia

By Jarrett Renshaw

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – The body of an eighth victim was found in the wreckage of the train derailment in Philadelphia, the city's fire commissioner said on Thursday, as investigators waited to interview the engineer approximately the crash, which he told his attorney he didn't remember.

Authorities said they believe they have accounted for all 243 people, including a crew of five, who were on the New York City-bound train when it derailed & crashed on Tuesday night, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said at a news conference.

p> One car of the seven cars flipped over in the derailment & three others were thrown on their sides, sending passengers & crew flying. About 200 people were injured.

Amtrak train No. 188, which originated in Washington, D.C., was barreling into a curve at more than 100 miles per hour, twice the speed limit, when the engineer hit the brakes, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said.

Nutter said officials were not releasing information approximately the eight people who died. The discovery of the eighth victim was announced by Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer.

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Track workers & officials work at the site of a derailed Amtrak train in Philadelphia, Pennsylvani …

NTSB officials said they have not yet interviewed the engineer, identified as Brandon Bostian, a resident of the New York City borough of Queens, giving him time to recover from a concussion.

Bostian was cooperating with authorities, according to his attorney Robert Goggin, yet had no memory of the crash & "no explanation" for what happened.

“He remembers coming into the curve, he remembers attempting to reduce speed, yet thereafter he was knocked out just like all the other passengers on the train,” said Goggin during an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America" program.

Bostian, who has a concussion & gash to his head, does not remember deploying the emergency brakes, the lawyer said.

“I believe as a result of the concussion, he has absolutely no recollection whatsoever of the event," Goggin said. "We will have to wait for his memory to come back or for other facts to be ascertained by the NTSB."

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Emergency workers look through the remains of a derailed Amtrak train in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  …

The office of Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams will determine whether to press criminal charges against Bostian or whether federal charges might be more appropriate, a spokesman said.

"We are gathering information & are still in the preliminary part of fact-finding," spokesman Cameron Kline said.

Federal investigators were studying video taken from the train, testing brake systems & using three-dimensional imaging of two derailed cars, NTSB member Robert Sumwalt said in an interview on Thursday.

The NTSB's Sumwalt told Reuters that investigators want to talk to Bostian "as shortly as he's available."

"It's not that uncommon at all to not remember things" after such a traumatic event, he said.

(Additional reporting by Susan Heavey in Washington; Writing by Frank McGurty; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst & Jeffrey Benkoe)

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Source: “Reuters”

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