Amtrak Train Sped Up Before Frankford Curve

In the seconds before Amtrak train No. 188 derailed at Frankford Junction, the train’s speed surged from 70 m.p.h. to 102 m.p.h. – more than twice the speed limit on the dangerous curve, the National Transportation Safety Board announced Thursday.

Just before the crash, with the train traveling at 106 m.p.h., the train’s engineer, Brandon Bostian, hit his emergency brakes, NTSB officials said. But it was too late.

Two days after the deadliest train crash on the Northeast Corridor in three decades, the revelations on the train’s acceleration – while providing the most detailed account yet of the moments before the derailment – raised new questions about the 32-year-old engineer’s actions.

Officials involved in the investigation told The Inquirer that Philadelphia police earlier Thursday had obtained a search warrant for Bostian’s cellphone records. Those records would help investigators determine whether he could have been distracted – whether the phone had registered any activity in the moments before the crash.


Car Seized, Phone Records Wanted In Onley Murder Case

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Luzerne County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Luzerne County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WILKES-BARRE, PA – Police on Friday seized a car and got search warrants to obtain more cellphone records in the murder of Michael Onley, according to court records.

The car, a silver 2005 Mercedez-Benz, was stopped for a traffic violation Thursday night and had been sitting in a Plymouth impound lot, according to police.

Investigators hope to find evidence a gun was fired in the car – fingerprints, gunshot residue, blood, guns, ammunition or other trace evidence – that would link it to the death of Onley, a deejay known as “DJ Mo” who was shot in the forehead in a drive-by shooting at Outsiders Bar at 650 S. Main St. on Oct. 13.

According to an affidavit filed in support of the warrant, witnesses told police the shots came from a silver or gray car, possibly a Mercedez-Benz, that was driving south on South Pennsylvania Avenue.

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