February 8, 2016: Azrael, Franz, Schwab & Lipowitz attorney Keith Franz joined ABC2 News in discussing the latest reports regarding the deadly Amtrak crash that occurred this past May. Franz mentioned, “We think there is very clear evidence from what NTSB reported in their factual findings and our investigation to establish that it was the engineer that was at fault for this crash.” Click here for the full story and news clip.
On Monday, February 1, 2016, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a factual findings report containing thousands of pages of evidence related to the probe of the deadly derailment of Amtrak train 188. Although the NTSB’s investigation into the deadly crash is ongoing, the factual report strongly suggests that engineer Brandon Bostian admitted he intentionally accelerated the train from 70 miles per hour to 80 miles per hour and was going more than 106 miles per hour in a 50 mile-per-hour posted speed limit at the time of the derailment.
The NTSB investigation revealed that there were no issues related to the train tracks, signals, signage, and other external or environmental factors that could have contributed to the crash. However, findings in the report indicate that the train was not equipped with crash-prevention technology known as Positive Train Control that can slow down or stop trains and prevent crashes in the event of human error.