WEIRD: Engineer of derailed Amtrak train DECLINES to give statement to police

The horrific train derailment that has taken the lives of seven passengers already is the topic of speculation, and this won’t help: the engineer declined to give a statement to police and he has lawyered up already.

From the Associated Press:

Philadelphia police officials say the engineer of the Amtrak train that crashed, killing seven people and injuring more than 200, declined to provide a statement to investigators.

They say the engineer also had an attorney when he left a meeting with investigators. The engineer has not yet been identified.

Investigators are trying to determine why the train slipped off the tracks while rounding a sharp curve Tuesday night northeast of Philadelphia’s city center.

Authorities say the locomotive’s data recorder has been recovered and that it should yield critical information, including the speed of the train.

The speed limit just before the curve was 70 mph and on the curve it was 50 mph.

City officials are holding another briefing Wednesday afternoon. The National Transportation Safety Board also plans a 5 p.m. briefing.

Another curiosity – a different train had been hit by a “projectile” pretty violently a few minutes before the Amtrak train derailed. It’s just getting weirder and weirder.

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