The investigation of the deadly derailment of Amtrak Train 188 in Philadelphia is continuing and Amtrak has announced it will now be placing cameras to monitor the actions of its engineers [Video Cameras Coming to Amtrak Train Cabs After Philly Crash, by Trevor Mogg, Digital Trends, May 27, 2015]. Unfortunately, they might have their cameras pointed in the wrong direction: vandalism by rock-throwing thugs may be the real cause of the crash. But if so, on past form, our rulers may never tell us.
The May 12, 2015 crash killed eight passengers and injured 200, including several Amtrak crewmembers. Investigators have ruled out mechanical malfunction or rail problems. The locomotive engineer’s drug and alcohol tests have turned out negative.
Preliminary interviews seem to rule out fatigue or illness. Investigators are examining the engineer’s cell phone records, but the engineer’s attorney has stated that his cell phone was not in use during the operation of the train. The FBI has concluded that a bullet did not cause front window damage in the engineer’s compartment—but investigators have not ruled out a “flying object” striking the train.
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