May 26, 2015 Personal Injury

Death toll in tragic Amtrak train accident rises to eight

The number of people killed in the tragic train accident involving a train owned by the National Railroad Passenger Corp. rose to eight from seven with the discovery of a body in a destroyed rail car on May 14, according to the Watertown Daily Times.

The train crash was the deadliest train accident in the United States in almost six years and may have resulted from the speed it was traveling as it rounded a curve – 106 mph.

According to an interview by his attorney on ABC News, 32-year-old Amtrak engineer and assistant conductor Brandon Bostian incurred a concussion in the derailment, requiring him to undergo 14 stitches in the head and several stitches in one leg. Reportedly, he does not remember the collision itself and was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash.

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