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REPORT: Amtrak 188 Engineer Distracted by Radio Dispatches During Crash

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | May 17, 2016

REPORT: Amtrak 188 Engineer Distracted by Radio Dispatches During Crash

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The engineer of Amtrak 188, which crashed in Philadelphia in May 2015, was likely distracted by radio dispatches, leading to the accident and the deaths of eight passengers, sources told NBC News Monday.

According to, investigators reportedly believe the engineer of Amtrak 188, Brandon Bostian, was distracted by a report sent by another train engineer about the windshield of the train being hit by something, possibly a gunshot.

Investigators have theorized that the combination of the gunshot report and the train hitting a rock could have resulted in Bostian losing situational awareness and failing to slow his train. When authorities interviewed the engineer in February, he claims he could barely recall the crash.

Bostian told investigators that he had a "dream-like" memory of realizing the locomotive was going too fast before applying the brake as the train began to tip over. During the derailment, eight passengers were killed and 200 more were injured.

On Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board is meeting to discuss the final report of the incident. is reporting there is a chance the probable cause could change slightly during the meeting.


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