Officials: Calls Made, Texts Sent On Day Of Accident, But When Not Yet Known

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The investigation into the deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia has shifted focus to the engineer’s cellphone records, CBS2 has learned.

The National Transportation Safety Board has engineer Brandon Bostian’s phone and forensic experts are looking at the data, Alice Gainer reported Wednesday evening.

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Officials said calls were made, texts were sent and data was used the day of the accident, but they haven’t determined if that activity took place while the train was being operated.

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The NTSB said it will correlate time stamps in the phone with the locomotive event recorder, radio communications and other video.

It’s a lengthy process. In the interim, the NTSB has not definitively ruled out mechanical failure, but the focus will remain for now on Bostian and his actions leading up to the derailment, Gainer reported.

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The derailment of Amtrak Train 188 on May 12 left eight dead and more than 200 injured. Service between Philadelphia and New York City was suspended for six days.