NTSB says Amtrak engineer didn’t use cellphone before crash

FILE - In this May 13, 2015, file photo, emergency personnel work at the scene of a deadly train wreck in Philadelphia. Federal safety regulators and Amtrak officials face questions at a congressional hearing Tuesday, June 2, 2015, on why technology to slow trains that are going too fast wasn’t in place before last month’s deadly derailment. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Accident investigators said Wednesday that the engineer driving an Amtrak train wasn’t using his cellphone in the moments before the train derailed in Philadelphia last month, deepening the mystery of what caused the accident.

Eight people were killed and about 200 more injured in the May 12 derailment.

In an updated report, the National Transportation Safety Board said its analysis of phone records “does not indicate that any calls, texts or data usage occurred during the time the engineer was operating the train.” The agency also said the engineer, Brandon Bostian, didn’t access the train’s Wi-Fi system while he was operating the locomotive.

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