by Anura Guruge
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This tragedy, Amtrak train 188 derailment with 7 fatalities, hit close to home. I was booked on an Amtrak train to Philadelphia on Thursday, May 14, 2015. Suffice to say I can’t get to Philadelphia by train at the moment. But that is small potatoes and I am not going to bitch about that (though I am put out by how poorly Amtrak is handling the aftermath). The accident, however, totally rattled Deanna. It was too ‘close’ for her comfort.
I had, hours ahead of the reports, suspected speed. But even I had not thought the train would have been going at TWICE the speed limit.
They say that they have ruled out terrorism but I think they might have to revisit that.
The engineer, Brandon Bostian, was up to SOMETHING. He had to accelerate that train from a dead stop, at Philadelphia’s station, to 106 mph in less than 10 minutes. That is going some.
Was he trying to a Germanwings?
Is he another Andreas Lubitz? Trial run that went wrong?
Yes, I know he hit the emergency brakes 2 seconds ahead of the crash. That doesn’t rule out attempted suicide. He just might have lost his nerve at the last minute.
Was he on antidepressants? Will they be even allowed to ask?
I am AMAZED that he was allowed to have a cell phone on him. There is a warrant out for it (and a claim that he has already handed it in). I thought engineers were no longer permitted electronics in the cab?
If he was on the phone ‘they’ should, before any other punishment, shove that phone down his throat. 7 people killed.
I have not been following what has happened to other ‘at fault’ engineers. This guy deserves all that awaits him.