Amtrak CEO: Railroad takes ‘full responsibility’ for crash

Emergency personnel work at the scene of a deadly train wreck, Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Philadelphia. More than 200 people aboard the Washington-to-New York train were injured in the derailment that plunged screaming passengers into darkness and chaos Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Emergency personnel work at the scene of a deadly train wreck, Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Philadelphia. More than 200 people aboard the Washington-to-New York train were injured in the derailment that plunged screaming passengers into darkness and chaos Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Investigators are trying to determine why an Amtrak train sped up just as it was supposed to be slowing down before its deadly derailment this week in Philadelphia.

Amtrak president and CEO Joseph Boardman says the railroad takes full responsibility for Tuesday night’s derailment that killed eight people and injured more than 200. Boardman says on Amtrak’s official blog that it’s cooperating fully with the investigation, and he says, “With truly heavy hearts, we mourn those who died. Their loss leaves holes in the lives of their families and communities.”

The National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday that the train’s speed went from about 70 mph to over 100 mph in the minute or so before Tuesday’s trash. It was supposed to be going no faster than 50 mph as in entered a sharp bend.

Eight people were killed and more than 200 injured in the derailment, the nation’s deadliest train wreck in nearly six years.

Amtrak Crash Engineer

Authorities are trying to learn whether engineer Brandon Bostian manually caused the acceleration.

Friends say the 32-year-old engineer was obsessed with trains growing up.

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