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Discussion in 'Fishtown / Northern Liberties / Kensington / Port ' started by Litter Box, May 12, 2015.
Did we already go over how the area is actually called "Frankford", because the crash area sure as heck is NOT "Port Richmond".
I am quite intrigued as to why media & officials wish to cover up that fact.
Next time they will just call it PortFishington and cover all bases.
Mostly because it is, indeed, Port Richmond's northern border. And Frankford proper doesn't begin until you've crossed Frankford Creek. The original Frankford Creek.
The area around Frankford Junction (the name of the curve) is commonly called "Harrowgate" by locals, but that name isn't as well-known as Port Richmond (which references basically the entirety of northeast Kensington).
Amtrak apologizing for the hundredth time
Amtrak Engineer Not on Phone at Time of Derailment, Investigators Find | NYTimes.com
However a later article states that they are still working to determine whether he might have been using some app on the phone; they've only determined that he wasn't texting, talking, using data or wifi.
NTSB: Engineer not texting, talking when Amtrak 188 derailed | Philadelphia Inquirer
Then there's the brain fart theory, which to me seems most plausible at this point:
So he was likely playing Candy Crush. Oh well.
The fact that there aren't many signs warning of curve and/or speed limit going into a curve make me wonder why railroad driving is so antiquated. Memorizing the route?? In this modern day with switches, schedules, septa trains, and track maintenance, some signs would be HELPFUL. If i were the engineer, I'd claim i lost my bearings and there weren't any signs. Thats not a legit excuse, but it certainly makes you wonder why amtrak doesn't markout dangerous segments of track.
The Wreck of Amtrak 188
What caused the worst American rail disaster in decades? | NYTimes.com
NTSB to release text of interview with Amtrak 188 engineer | Philly.com
Amtrak Engineer Recalls Opening Throttle Before Fatal Crash | Associated Press
Why an Amtrak Train Derailed in Philadelphia | NYTimes.com
NTSB: Amtrak engineer, distracted by radio talk, lost awareness of curve | Philly.com
Engineer in fatal Philly crash sues Amtrak | Philly.com
What a disgrace that man filed a lawsuit!!! I work for a personal injury attorney so I'm probably more sympathetic to an injured party than most people, but not this one. I believe the accident was his entirely his fault. If I were on the jury, I would not give him a dime!!! I hope his case gets dismissed!!!
Glad *you* believe that the crash was entirely his fault, but that isn't how our judicial system works, thank g-d.
People calling for the engineer's head most likely didn't bother to read the NTSB's final report. Please pay close attention to the extensive discussion of situational awareness.
Also remember that Amtrak did not have ATC cab signal protection going into the curve for eastbound trains, while they did for westbound. ATC would have automatically slowed the train.
This is why people on a jury listen to the evidence in the CASE and not the internet...
We're 16 (now 17) years into the 21st century and we still don't have ATC. Smh...
Hell, I was promised flying cars by now!