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Amtrak victims: Investigative findings hard to believe

Written by The Associated Press | May 18, 2016 3:13 AM
Amtrak train derails in Philadelphia

Photo by AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek

Emergency personnel work at the scene on May 12.

(Washington) -- Victims of last year's deadly Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia aren't buying the findings of federal investigators that the train's engineer likely lost his bearings because he was distracted by an incident with a nearby train.

Through their lawyers, they're calling the National Transportation Safety Board's explanation frustrating, disappointing and hard to believe.

They say the official report that should have provided closure on the May 12, 2015 wreck that killed eight people only prompted more questions.

Investigators determined that engineer Brandon Bostian lost track of where he was after hearing on the radio that a commuter train had been struck with a rock.

They had ruled out other factors including equipment problems and cell phone use.

Lawyer Judy Livingston says no evidence exists to support the NTSB's conclusion. She calls it "an awful explanation to the families who have lost loved ones."

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