Anonymous Engineers On Amtrak Forum Offer Insight Into Derailment And Contradict Reports About Train 188 Traveling Behind Schedule

The Philadelphia Law Firm of Reiff & Bily cover anonymous engineers discussing train derailment on Amtrak Unlimited forum. The posts include photos of cockpit and travel schedule which seem to contradict news reports that Train 188 was behind schedule.

May 20, 2015, 08:50 ET from Reiff & Bily

PHILADELPHIA, May 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Engineers on a Forum named Amtrak Unlimited are having a lively discussion about possible contributing factors of the derailment of Amtrak Train 188 – and some of it contradicts what is being widely reported. 

It has been widely reported that an Amtrak employee and several passengers have filed the first of what will likely be a number of lawsuits against Amtrak.  What has not been widely reported is engineers on the Amtrak Unlimited forum contradicting reports that Train 188 was traveling 15 minutes late. One poster named "Afigg" posted a log of arrival and departure times which shows that 188 was marked as having departed Philadelphia's 30th Street Station on time.  

Aside from that, the discussion revolves around two major points - whether the accident was human error or a mechanical failure, and whether "Positive Train Control" (PTC) would have prevented the crash.  Some of the posters have even added photos of the control panel inside a similar train.

A poster going by the moniker "Saxman" noted:

"The NTSB says that the train accelerated from 70 to 100 mph within seconds not long before the accident." followed by "George T"'s reply speculating that no engineer could have willingly accelerated to that speed, stating that "any engineer knows that to exceed the speed limit is a quick path to a new career."

A poster named "Gmushial" asked "Wonder if PTC wouldn't reduce the chances of this happening?"

Several posters responded that PTC would have prevented the accident.

The Philadelphia-based attorneys at Reiff & Bily have been monitoring the posts on the Amtrak Unlimited forum and wrote an article covering the rest of the discussion, including screenshots (in case the thread is removed), which can be found here.

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