Amtrak CEO: Railroad takes full responsibility for crash

Written by The Associated Press | May 15, 2015 7:27 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Mel Evans

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, left, and Governor Tom Wolf, right, listen as Amtrak CEO, Joseph Boardman expresses his sorrow near the site of the deadly train derailment Thursday in Philadelphia.

(Philadelphia) -- Amtrak's top official says the railroad takes full responsibility for the deadly derailment in Philadelphia and apologizes for its role in the tragedy.

President and CEO Joseph Boardman made the comments on Amtrak's official blog.

He says the entire Amtrak family offers its sympathies and prayers to the families and the communities that were affected by Tuesday's wreck.

He says Amtrak is working with passengers and affected employees to help them with transportation, lodging, medical bills and funeral expenses.

Boardman says Amtrak is also focused on the service disruption along the Northeast Corridor.

He vows the railroad will learn from the crash and how to prevent a similar tragedy from happening again and says the safety of passengers and employees is Amtrak's No. 1 priority.

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  • Larry img 2015-05-15 10:32

    Mr. Boardman is not responsible for this accident.

    This is a gentleman who shed tears, crying to Republican Congress warning that our rail system is in poor condition, and begging for money.

    The same day this week that those rail cars were laying on the tracks from this current accident the Republican Appropriations Committee cut funding to Amtrak.

    Congressman Pitts and Senator Toomey bare responsibility for these deaths in their support of the austerity budget of the Sequester.

    Congressman Pitts and Senator Toomey are running this nation as slum lords on a slum lord budget.

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