The National Transportation Safety Board has ruled that Amtrak train 188 derailed in Philadelphia on May 12, 2015 because the engineer accelerated during a loss of situational awareness. The train was on its way from Washington, D.C. to New York City when it derailed at Frankford Junction, killing eight people and seriously injuring dozens more. Officials say the train was traveling at more than 100mph at the time of the crash. A $265 million settlement was announced in October 2016.
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The placing of blame opens the door for criminal charges and sets in motion timelines for a spate of lawsuits from dozens of victims and their families.
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A new fence separates the tracks from the neighborhood, one of Philadelphia’s most diverse.
In an exclusive interview with Billy Penn, the former mayor talks about the tragedy: “Seeing the wreckage is a moment that will stay with me for the rest of my life.”
Will a concrete explanation for the deadly crash finally be revealed?
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The newspaper’s Magazine took a deep dive into the May 2015 crash in Philly. Here’s the TL;DR version of what you missed.