Brandon Bostian was the 32-year-old Amtrak train engineer (driver) who was at the controls on May 12, 2015, when his northbound train accelerated sharply just prior to entering a curve at more than double the speed limit. The train then derailed, killing eight people and injuring more than 200; four days after the crash, 17 passengers continued to be hospitalized. Bostian himself was treated for injuries and released by a hospital the same day of the crash.
Bostian has been a homosexual activist in support of same-sex marriage, which may explain the media support for him after the crash. Bostian was quoted in 2012 as saying:
“It’s kind of insulting to have to beg people for my right to marry. I feel like we shouldn’t even have to have this fight. ”
After the derailment, Bostian told investigators that he could not recall any of the facts surrounding the crash, although on the same day as the crash he did subsequently edit his Facebook profile to darken his image, and also spoke with a friend. Bostian was an expert on trains, with one friend saying he was "obsessed" with them.
When Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter criticized Bostian, not by name, for the reckless speed, the media and the NTSB lashed back at ... Nutter. The media then published stories from friends of Bostian who praised him. The NTSB claimed that Bostian was "extremely cooperative" with the investigation, even though he asserted that he could not recall the circumstances of the crash. Mayor Nutter properly dismissed the theory, promoted by the media, than an unidentified flying object such as a rock may have caused the crash.
Prior Public Statements about Trains
Bostian had publicly criticized the government for not installing technology on trains to prevent the same type of crash in which he participated. When asked about the curious fact that Bostian had made such comments, the lead investigator for the NTSB showed no interested in their evidentiary value.
Bostian retained an attorney quickly after the crash, and Bostian has not appeared in the media himself to explain the excessive speeding and his role in it.
As of six days after the massive crash, Wikipedia still lacked a substantive entry for Brandon Bostian. Meanwhile the liberal Daily Beast ran a headline claiming "How Congress Caused the Amtrak Crash."
An attorney for several of the victims was more candid:
“The conduct of the engineer is both unfathomable and unconscionable. ”
In 2001, Bostian graduated from Bartlett High School, a public school in Tennessee.
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