The engineer from Tuesday night’s Philadelphia Amtrak derailment declined to give a statement to authorities, said police commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, adding that he left with an attorney.
This revelation comes amidst news that the train may have been speeding at more than 100 mph before the fatal crash at a curve in the tracks.
The speed limit around the curve was 50 mph, with 70 mph in the lead up to it. Information about the train’s speed and other clues to the crash may be found from the train’s black boxes, which were discovered Wednesday morning.
The train’s conductor is reportedly hospitalized with a skull fracture. The conductor and engineer have not been named.
At a press conference Wednesday morning, transportation authorities said they were reviewing all possible reasons for the incident, and were looking at the track, signals, the train’s mechanical condition, and human performance, among other possibilities. Read more at Philly.com.