NTSB: Amtrak Engineer Wasn't on the Phone

No evidence of calls, texts, while Brandon Bostian operated train: NTSB
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2015 9:19 AM CDT
NTSB: Amtrak Engineer Wasn't on the Phone
In this Aug. 21, 2007 photo, Amtrak assistant conductor, Brandon Bostian stands by as passengers board a train at the Amtrak station in St. Louis.   (Huy Richard Mach/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

The results of a "detailed and lengthy" probe into an Amtrak engineer's cellphone use on the day of the deadly derailment in Philadelphia hasn't turned up any shockers. An analysis of call data, texts, cell phone tower transmissions, and data relating to Amtrak's on-board WiFi system found no evidence that Brandon Bostian was using his phone while operating Amtrak Train 188 on May 12, the National Transportation Safety Board says in a press release on its findings.In addition, "Amtrak’s records confirm that the engineer did not access the train’s WiFi system while he was operating the locomotive." Bostian’s lawyer says his client kept his phone in a bag and only pulled it out to call 911 after the accident, per NBC Philadelphia. An investigation continues. (More Amtrak stories.)

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