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  • WaPost Reporter Hints Jeb Bush Hiding Big Family Scandal

    06/12/2015 5:52:58 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 73 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 6/12/15 | DANIEL HALPER
    But bizarrely offers no proof or explanation On MSNBC today, Washington Post reporter Janell Ross hinted that Jeb Bush was covering up a major family scandal -- but she offered no proof or explanation for her comments. Even the MSNBC host made an effort to distance herself and her network from the Post reporter's comments. "I guess I was rather stunned, I guess, to hear that these things had been written in a book at a time when the governor probably had his own issues that he was struggling with in his personal life," Ross said. "It seems like a...
  • The Humbling of Jeb Bush (by Conservative "Agitators")

    06/11/2015 9:15:38 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 29 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 6/11/15 | Noah Rothman
    If you got the impression from former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign rollout that he appeared to believe his party’s nomination was quite simply his due, you weren’t alone. Bush’s decision to reveal his intention to explore a presidential bid in mid-December of last year indicated that he knew the 2016 field would be a crowded one and that he would have to make his case to the Republican electorate early and often. But his actions betrayed a sense of self-assuredness that indicated he did not really believe the contest would be a close one. The pathway to the...
  • Jeb’s Problem Isn’t His Campaign

    06/11/2015 8:36:39 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 25 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/11/15 | Matt K Lewis
    There’s an interesting piece up over at The Washington Post on “How Jeb Bush’s campaign ran off course before it even began.” Meanwhile, Chris Bedford argues that Team Bush is in “a lot more trouble than they’re letting on.” These are fascinating examples of “process” reporting, but I can’t help but think it creates the wrong impression — which is that Jeb Bush might be in better shape had he run a better campaign. The truth is that campaigns do matter. And, for some candidates, the advisers and staffers they hire — and the strategy and messaging they employ (all...
  • Jeb Bush Donors Reportedly ‘Shaken’ by His Iraq Fumble

    06/11/2015 8:31:47 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 6/11/15 | Evan McMurry
    Washington Post’s Robert Costa and Ed O’Keefe have a good rundown of how presumptive GOP frontrunner Jeb Bush suddenly found himself atop a staggering campaign. Aside from organizational and message woes, they pinpoint Bush’s still inexplicable failure to answer Fox News host Megyn Kelly’s question about the Iraq War as the moment when Bush’s luck began to turn. In particular, one source told the reporters that Bush’s inability to answer what should have been an expected question, which “crystallize[d] some of the key concerns about Bush,” spooked donors: “We should have had that answer nailed down,” one donor said. “There...
  • Jeb Bush does damage control ahead of launch

    06/11/2015 7:56:31 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/11/15 | Jonathan Easley
    Jeb Bush is doing damage control days before he officially launches his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Bush was seen as the GOP front-runner late last year, when he said he was exploring the possibility of a run. Since then, he’s stumbled over questions about the Iraq War, and his poll numbers have dropped him to fifth place among Republicans in Iowa. The former Florida governor’s message to reporters in Germany on Wednesday is that it is far too early to be worried about the polls. He expressed frustration with reporters for asking too many questions about the horse...
  • Tom Coburn on Jeb Bush: 'His last name will kill 47 percent of the votes'

    06/11/2015 5:46:46 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/10/15 | Philip Klein
    Former Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn had a blunt assessment of Jeb Bush's chances of capturing the White House: "I don't think another Bush can get elected." In an interview with the Washington Examiner Coburn said, "I think there's Bush fatigue and I think you automatically lose a large percentage of the electorate." He explained, "I like Jeb Bush. But the fact is his last name will kill 47 percent of the votes for him — potential votes in this country. That's a big deal to get over."
  • Jeb Bush’s Campaign Is In A Lot More Trouble Than They’re Letting On

    06/11/2015 5:43:25 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/11/15 | Christopher Bedford
    Former Gov. Jeb Bush’s campaign is in trouble. This week alone, it has sustained a top-level campaign shake-up and reports have circulated that it may fall short of its fundraising goal. But a review of the public record shows it already fell way short of its fundraising goal, and has been behind predictions for months. Not by a few million dollars, either, but by as much as $400 million — or 80 percent as the most optimistic predictions Bush loyalists have circulated. All of this — campaign shuffles and fundraising shortfalls — before Mr. Bush has even declared his candidacy....
  • How Jeb Bush’s campaign ran off course before it even began

    06/10/2015 4:49:20 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/10/15 | Ed O'Keefe and Robert Costa
    When asked to pinpoint where Jeb Bush’s presidential effort began running into trouble, many confidants utter a single word: Dallas. Mike Murphy, Bush’s political alter ego, decided early on to hold regular senior staff meetings at an unusual location: a Hyatt hotel inside the terminal at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The idea was that it was a central and relatively inexpensive gathering place for a team scattered from Los Angeles, where Murphy lives, to Miami, where the would-be candidate resides. It went fine at first but quickly became an awkward routine. Donors and other Republicans found the setup ungainly for...
  • Jeb Bush has had better weeks. Much better weeks.

    06/10/2015 9:13:20 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/10/15 | Chris Cillizza
    Jeb Bush will announce for president in five days' time. But not before a significantly less-than-ideal run-up to this long (long, long, long) awaited announcement. Consider: * The decision to install Danny Diaz as campaign manager was largely painted as a shakeup -- with Diaz stepping in after Bush boss Sally Bradshaw decided things weren't working optimally. (This Politico behind-the-scenes account of the moves and the motivations behind them is fascinating.) Campaign reorganizations are the sort of process-heavy stories that campaign work like hell to avoid. To have one before the campaign is even a real thing is remarkable --...
  • Jeb Bush on state of campaign: 'It's June, for crying out loud'

    06/10/2015 9:00:09 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 6/10/15 | Alex Leary
    Jeb Bush played down talk of turmoil inside his campaign, telling reporters in Berlin that he is confident in his team and that polls this early don't matter. "This is an adjustment based on the skills of people that I got to know during the last three months. ... It’s June, for crying out loud, so we’ve got a long way to go." “I just urge everybody to be a little more patient about this," Bush told reporters. -snip- Bush will enter the race on Monday. The following day he'll appear on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. He's also...
  • Jeb Bush wants people to be 'patient' about his unpopularity in 2016 polls

    06/10/2015 7:44:58 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    The Week ^ | 6/10/15 | Meghan DeMaria
    In interviews with reporters outside his Berlin hotel Wednesday, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said that he's restructuring his campaign team, including naming Danny Diaz as his campaign manager, because of "the magnitude of the journey" — not because he's lagging behind other candidates in the polls. Bush went on to brush off the notion that he was less popular than other Republican contenders in the 2016 presidential race: You start wherever you start, and you end a long way away from where we are today, so I just urge everybody to be a little more patient about this....
  • Jeb Bush After Shake-Up: 'I Don't Read the Polls'

    06/10/2015 5:30:29 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    NBC News ^ | 6/10/15 | Benjy Sarlin
    Days before his presidential launch, Jeb Bush told reporters on Wednesday that his decision to replace his campaign-manager-in-waiting was a strategic move rather than a response to his tepid position in the polls. "I don't read the polls," he told reporters outside the Pestana Hotel in Berlin, where he is on the first leg of a trip through Germany, Poland and Estonia. "It's fun to see them when you're winning, not so fun when you're not. Doesn't really matter, though, its June for crying out loud, so we got a long way to go."
  • Jeb Bush Tempers Reports of Campaign Shake-up

    06/10/2015 5:26:19 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 6/10/15 | Patrick O’Connor
    Jeb Bush on Wednesday played down personnel changes his presumptive presidential campaign made this week, turning aside suggestions that it had shifted personnel to compensate for a failure to catch fire in some of the early nominating states. “It’s June, for crying out loud, so we’ve got a long way to go,” Mr. Bush told reporters here. “I just urge everybody to be a little more patient about this.”
  • Jeb Bush has lost his front-runner status and now rivals say he's getting nasty

    06/10/2015 5:17:55 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 6/10/15 | Hunter Walker
    On Monday, news broke that Danny Diaz will be the campaign manager when former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) launches his expected White House bid next Monday. As The Wall Street Journal reported, the position was originally "expected" to go to David Kochel, another operative who will instead serve as Bush's chief strategist. Business Insider had several conversations with aides to other Republican 2016 presidential campaigns who said they believe this staff switchup is evidence the Bush campaign is changing its strategy amid disappointing poll numbers and failed efforts to eliminate opponents. "The strategy they were previewing with everybody is...
  • Jeb Bush, Citing ‘Magnitude of the Journey,’ Details Staff Reshuffle

    06/10/2015 5:10:53 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    NY Times ^ | 6/10/15 | MICHAEL BARBAROJUNE
    Jeb Bush said on Wednesday that he felt compelled to reorganize his political team — and pick a new, unexpected campaign manager — “based on the skills of people that I got to know” and the “magnitude of the journey” he faces as candidate. In his first remarks about the reshuffling, Mr. Bush, a former governor of Florida, pleaded for patience and played down the idea that he was displeased with his standing in a crowded Republican field. He is expected to formally enter the race next week. “It’s June, for crying out loud, so we’ve got a long way...
  • Why Jeb Bush is struggling

    06/10/2015 4:56:27 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 38 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/10/15 | Sara Murray
    He's got the deepest pockets, the best organization and everyone already knows his name. But Jeb Bush isn't so formidable that he's scaring away the competition. When the former Florida governor formally announces his presidential campaign on Monday, he will join a field of 10 GOP contenders -- and there are still a handful of others who may soon jump in the race. Meanwhile, the latest Iowa polls show him trapped in a cluster of candidates vying for second behind Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and he has only a slight edge in New Hampshire. National polls show Bush a touch...
  • Super PAC backing Jeb Bush unlikely to hit $100 million by end of June

    06/10/2015 4:53:04 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 3 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | 6/10/15 | Robert Schroeder
    A super PAC backing Jeb Bush is likely to fall short of collecting $100 million by the end of this month. The Washington Post writes the exact size of the war chest is closely held, but two individuals familiar with internal discussions believe the total that the Right to Rise super PAC will report in mid-July could be much lower than the nine figures senior Republicans have anticipated. That would be a major blow for Bush’s operation, whose fundraising prowess has raised expectations about how much cash it has been amassing, the Post writes. Bush, a former Florida governor, is...
  • Super PAC backing Jeb Bush unlikely to hit $100 million by end of June (The Meltdown continues...)

    06/09/2015 5:18:51 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/9/15 | Matea Gold and Tom Hamburger
    A super PAC backing former Florida governor Jeb Bush is likely to fall short of collecting $100 million by the end of this month, despite widespread expectations that the group would hit that record-breaking sum, according to people close to the operation. The exact size of the war chest is closely held, but two individuals familiar with internal discussions believe the total that the Right to Rise super PAC will report in mid-July could be substantially lower than the nine figures that senior Republicans have anticipated. That would be a major psychological blow for Bush’s operation, whose fundraising prowess has...
  • Jeb Bush Panicking to Discover Voters Just Aren’t That into Him

    06/09/2015 9:30:36 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 90 replies
    Reason ^ | 6/9/15 | Matt Welch
    In my July-issue Editor's Note column released earlier today, I expressed some skepticism about National Review writer Charles C.W. Cooke's conservatarian project, partly on grounds that libertarians should be wary of a political party that keeps on coughing up government-growing Republicans with the last name "Bush." So it's only fair to point out that, according to the shrewd political Washington Examiner political columnist Byron York, Jeb Bush is floundering to the point of shaking up his campaign staff. The remedying began Monday with word that Bush has shaken up his campaign before the campaign has even been formally announced. The...
  • Tractor-Trailer Carrying 70,000 Pounds of Bacon Collides with Amtrak Train

    06/09/2015 8:17:37 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 58 replies
    thedailymeal ^ | June 8, 2015 | Karen Lo
    A Chicago-bound Amtrak train had an unfortunate encounter with a tractor-trailer carrying 70,000 pounds of bacon that was “obstructing the tracks” last Friday, June 5 — the same day we reported on Indiana’s amazing bacon lottery. The train, Texas Eagle Train 22, collided with the truck near Illinois Route 53, and managed to overturn the truck, splitting it in half. “There's boxes everywhere [sic],” a passenger told NBC Chicago. “But somehow the driver was OK.” None of the crew or passengers were injured in the crash, but we assume all hope for the bacon was lost. However, if there were...
  • Investigators: Was Amtrak engineer using cell phone when train crashed?

    06/02/2015 5:51:15 PM PDT · by South40 · 41 replies
    WaPo ^ | 2 JUNE 2015 | Ashley Halsey III
    Federal investigators looking into the Amtrak derailment that killed eight people and injured scores of others in Philadelphia last month are trying to determine whether the engineer was using his cellphone when his train approached a curve at more than twice the speed limit.
  • NTSB releases preliminary report in Amtrak derailment

    06/02/2015 10:53:42 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6-2-2015 | Michael Laris
    Investigators looking into last month’s deadly Amtrak derailment have found “no anomalies” in the tracks, signals or breaking systems of train #188, according to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board released Tuesday, underscoring the key outstanding question of their ongoing inquiry: Why did the locomotive speed into a sharp Philadelphia curve at 106 miles an hour? The NTSB said it is continuing its examination of engineer Brandon Bostian’s cell phone records. Bostian, who said he cannot recall the events shortly before the crash, reported to the NTSB that his phone was in a bag at the time...
  • Taylor Swift: "Misogyny is ingrained in people from the time they are born"

    05/19/2015 2:03:34 PM PDT · by rightistight · 124 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 5/19/15 | Aurelius
    In a newly released interview, Taylor Swift said that she believes “misogyny is ingrained in people from the time they are born." Ms. Swift was heavily criticized by feminists in 2012 when she stated that the word "feminist" was "too strong" a word to describe her. In the last three years, however, her opinions have changed. Today, Ms. Swift believes that feminism is “probably the most important" thing that women can get involved with. According to the young star, inequality is difficult to overcome because “misogyny is ingrained in people from the time they are born." She continued, “So to...
  • Amtrak liable for no more than $200 million in crash

    05/19/2015 9:15:04 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 13 replies
    MSN/Assoc. Press ^ | 05/18/2015 | EILEEN SULLIVAN
    WASHINGTON — For the first time, Amtrak could face a $200 million payout to train crash victims — the limit set by Congress. But that may be too low to cover the costs of the eight lives lost and more than 200 people injured in last week's derailment in Philadelphia. That payout cap for a single passenger rail incident was part of a late effort in 1997 to pass a law that would rescue Amtrak from financial ruin and help it one day become independent. ~snip~ Using past passenger rail accidents as a guide, some lawyers expect damages from the...
  • SEPTA Engineer Saw ‘Trespasser’ On Tracks Moments Before Train Was Hit By Object

    05/19/2015 9:05:06 AM PDT · by Abby4116 · 45 replies
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A transit train driver says he saw a “trespasser” on the tracks moments before an unknown object struck a window on the train. The SEPTA train was struck on the same night and in close proximity to the Amtrak train that derailed on May 12th in Philadelphia. According to SEPTA officials, the engineer saw a trespasser on the track moments before an unidentified object smashed a window.
  • Impressions From the Scene of Amtrak 188 Derailment

    05/18/2015 11:24:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 18, 2015 | Congressman Jeff Denham
    The last week has been unimaginably difficult for many Americans who lost friends or family members in the tragic derailment of Northeast Regional Amtrak train 188, which crashed on a curved track just north of downtown Philadelphia on Tuesday evening. Eight lives were lost, eight more individuals remain in critical condition and more than 200 were injured. The day after the derailment, I visited the scene to speak with Amtrak President Joe Boardman, Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Acting Administrator Sarah Feinberg, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Vice Chairman Bella Dinh-Zarr and Board Member Robert Sumwalt, and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter....
  • Amtrak conductor heard engineer tell someone train had been struck by something, NTSB says

    05/15/2015 4:36:17 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 15, 2015 | By Lori Aratani, Michael Laris and Luz Lazo
    An assistant conductor on the Amtrak train that derailed Tuesday said she heard the engineer tell someone the train had been struck by something, the National Transportation Safety Board said Friday. NTSB member Robert Sumwalt said the 39-year-old assistant conductor, interviewed for the first time Friday, could hear the radio transmissions of engineer Brandon Bostian. She heard the engineer of a SEPTA train say that the windshield of his train had been struck by something and that he had placed his train in an “emergency stop.” She said she then heard “her engineer” say he believed their train may have...
  • Train was hit by object before derailing: assistant conductor

    05/15/2015 4:25:41 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 18 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 15, 2015 | Danika Fears
    The 39-year-old assistant conductor was listening in on Brandon Bostian’s radio conversations with a SEPTA train engineer, who told the Amtrak engineer his train had been hit by a rock or shot at. The SEPTA engineer said he had a broken windshield and made an emergency stop, she said. Bostian also said something about his train being struck by an object, she told National Transportation Safety Board investigators Friday.
  • Amtrak Train May Have Been Struck Before It Derailed, Officials Say

    05/15/2015 4:20:44 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 374 replies
    New Yoirk Times ^ | May 15, 2015 | DAVE PHILIPPS and EMMA G. FITZSIMMONS
    PHILADELPHIA — An assistant conductor on the Amtrak train that derailed on Tuesday believes she heard the engineer tell another regional train operator in a radio transmission that the train had been struck by something just before the accident, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. At a news conference on Friday, Robert L. Sumwalt, the safety board official who is leading the investigation, said the F.B.I. had been asked to examine what he described as a fist-size impact area found on the lower left side of the train’s windshield. Officials said that the F.B.I. had been called in because...
  • NTSB: Amtrak train sped up before crash

    05/14/2015 6:13:46 PM PDT · by NetAddicted · 118 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 5/14/2015 | JOSEPH A. GAMBARDELLO & ANTHONY R. WOOD
    Right before its fatal derailment on Tuesday night, Amtrak Train 188 accelerated significantly as it approached the Frankford Junction curve, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday.
  • Local Amtrak conductor weighs in on derailment

    05/14/2015 6:56:31 PM PDT · by Conscience of a Conservative · 86 replies
    Bay News 9 ^ | May 14, 2015 | Holly Gregory
    CLEARWATER -- An Amtrak conductor on medical leave in the Bay area has watched news of the derailment in Philadelphia in disbelief. Mike Callanan worked that very northeast route for Amtrak as a conductor for five years. He even trained the conductor who was onboard when the train flew off the track, killing eight people. “It was very emotional for me," said Callanan. "These are my brothers and sisters out there. I worked with them every day on the Northeast Corridor.” Callanan is very familiar with the curve leaving Philadelphia where the derailment occurred. The speed limit is 50 miles...
  • GotNews IDs Gay Activist Train Engineer Who Caused Amtrak Crash

    05/14/2015 6:42:56 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 59 replies
    Got News.com ^ | May 13, 2015 | Charles C. Johnson
    BREAKING: GotNews IDs Gay Activist Train Engineer Who Caused Amtrak Crash UPDATED W/ PHOTOS! May 13, 2015 by Charles C. Johnson 184 Comments Gotnews.com has independently identified the engineer at the center of the Amtrak crash that has killed at least seven. Brandon Bostian is the 32-year-old gay man who lawyered up after a deadly derailment in Philadelphia. The train was reportedly going twice the speed limit.
  • SEPTA Says Commuter Train Hit By Projectile Just Before Amtrak Train Derailed

    SEPTA Says Commuter Train Hit By Projectile Just Before Amtrak Train Derailed
  • Democrats Blame Amtrak Crash on Lack of Infrastructure Spending

    05/13/2015 3:08:56 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 56 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | May 13, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: First the train derailment, Amtrak train derailment. Now, obviously, this is a tragedy, there is injury, there is death. And I must sadly be the one to remind you that there is a political component to this, and you will be hearing about it very soon. The political component to this is going to be -- and it will not be very long. In fact, it may have already happened. I haven't been able to monitor all this stuff constantly since this accident first happened. It's predictable as easily as the sun coming up in the morning. We're gonna...
  • Watch: Boehner Lashes Out At Reporter For "Stupid Question" On Amtrak

    05/14/2015 9:17:24 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 29 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 14,2015 | Pam Key
    Thursday at his weekly press briefing, House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) lashed out when a reporter asked if funding was an issue on the heels of this week’s tragic crash of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia, killing 7 and injuring hundreds.
  • What We Know About Engineer of Derailed AMTRAK Train

    05/13/2015 3:02:36 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 94 replies
    ABC Local News - Philly ^ | May 13, 2015 | by MEGHAN KENEALLY
    The engineer driving the Amtrak train that derailed survived the Tuesday night crash will play a key role in the investigation into what happened. The identity of the engineer has not been publicly released, but authorities said he has already met with investigators. The train's engineer initially spoke with investigators Tuesday night. He was treated at a hospital and then released and transported to the Philadelphia Police Department. He later declined to provide a formal statement to police and requested a lawyer, which he now has. ABC News can confirm that they were reportedly meeting with federal accident investigators and...
  • 'Reckless' Amtrak engineer, 32, who was driving doomed train at 106mph claims...(tr)

    05/14/2015 5:52:23 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 93 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Wills Robinson and Lydia Warren
    The engineer in control of the Amtrak train that derailed on Tuesday, killing at least seven people, has no recollection of the moment the train crashed, his attorney has said. Brandon Bostian, of Queens, New York, has been as the driver of the commuter service that came off the tracks near Philadelphia, leaving 200 people hospitalized. On Wednesday, National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators confirmed that the train had been traveling at 106 mph before it derailed at a curve on the tracks, where the speed limit is 50 mph. Bostian, who has been an engineer with Amtrak since 2009,...
  • Amtrak Train Disaster: 106 MPH Speed Clocked, Emergency Brakes Applied In Full

    05/14/2015 5:38:13 AM PDT · by robowombat · 49 replies
    IBT ^ | May 13 2015 5:57 PM EDT | Dennis Lynch
    Investigators did not speculate why an Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia Tuesday night, but they did say that the train was traveling at over twice the speed limit going into the curve where it derailed. The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded that the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia late Tuesday night was traveling at 106 miles per hour into a sharp curve, more than twice the designated speed limit, causing it to derail, killing at least seven people and injuring 200 more. Full “engineer induced braking” occurred at that speed, and within seconds the train had derailed, according...
  • Why Was Amtrak Train In Deadly Wreck Speeding?

    05/14/2015 6:34:19 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 34 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 14,2015 | Breitbart News
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal investigators have determined that an Amtrak train that crashed in Philadelphia, killing at least seven people, was careening through the city at 106 mph before it ran off the rails along a sharp curve where the speed limit drops to just 50 mph, yet they still don’t know why it was going so fast.
  • Details In (Gay) Train Engineer's Troubled Past Emerge (2008 Crash)

    05/14/2015 7:07:28 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 15 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | Septermber
    CHATSWORTH Investigators probing Friday's fatal Metrolink collision planned to interview the freight train's brakeman and the conductor Wednesday, the first full day of resumed service along the stretch of track that was closed after the crash that killed 25 people and injured 135 others. Investigations have linked the cause of the crash to Metrolink engineer Robert Martin Sanchez, a La Crescenta resident who previously lived in Menifee. Authorities Tuesday staged a re-creation of the collision, bringing two trains nose-to-nose on the tracks in Chatsworth and then moving them back and forth to determine what the engineers on each was able...
  • BREAKING: GotNews IDs Gay Activist Train Engineer Who Caused Amtrak Crash

    05/13/2015 4:28:50 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 498 replies
    GotNews ^ | 5-13-2015 | Chuck C. Johnson
    Gotnews.com has independently identified the engineer at the center of the Amtrak crash that has killed at least seven. Brandon Bostian is the 32-year-old gay man who lawyered up after a deadly derailment in Philadelphia. The train was reportedly going twice the speed limit. ABC 6 previously reported that “Brandon Boshan,” not Brandon Bostian, was to blame for the deadly crash. (They have since taken down the link.) Bostian is a gay activist who previously worked at Target as a cashier before joining Amtrak, according to his LinkedIn.
  • Amtrak train reportedly traveling at more than 100 mph before crash that killed 7 (Breaking)

    05/13/2015 10:51:08 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 66 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | May 13,2015 | FoxNews.Com
    DEVELOPING: The Amtrak train that derailed near Philadelphia Tuesday night-- killing at least seven and sending over 200 to area hospitals-- appeared to have been traveling at more than 100 miles an hour as it approached a sharp curve on the track, two people with knowledge of the investigation told The Wall Street Journal.
  • Excessive Speed Probed as Factor in Fatal Philadelphia Train Wreck

    05/13/2015 9:52:29 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 40 replies
    WSJ.com ^ | 05/13/2015 | TED MANN, Biography @TMannWSJ ted.mann Google+ Ted.Mann@wsj.com ANDREW TANGEL and KRIS MAHER
    An Amtrak train involved in a fatal crash here appears to have been traveling at more than 100 miles an hour as it entered a sharp curve where it derailed Tuesday night, killing at least six people, according to two people with knowledge of the investigation. The speed limit in that section of track drops to 50 miles per hour, according to the Federal Railroad Administration. Investigators are focusing on the possibility that excessive speed was a factor in the derailment, one of these people said. The locomotive and all seven passenger cars of the train went off the tracks...
  • Surveillance video shows moment of Amtrak train derailment

    A surveillance camera near the Tuesday night derailment of an Amtrak train caught the flashes of the accident. On grainy, dark video, the flashes of the actual accident can be seen, CNN is reporting
  • At least five dead, 50 injured in Philadelphia Amtrak derailment

    05/12/2015 10:19:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    United Press International ^ | May 13, 2015 | Danielle Haynes
    At least five people died and dozens were injured Tuesday evening when several cars of an Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia. Train 188, carrying 238 passengers and five crew members, was traveling from Washington, D.C., to New York. Seven cars and the engine of the train derailed in the 2000 block of Wheatsheaf Lane. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter confirmed at least five people died in the accident. "It is an absolute disastrous mess," he said. "Never seen anything like this in my life." Six people in critical condition and more than 40 people with less critical injuries were transported to...
  • 50 Hurt After Amtrak Train Derails in Philly

    05/12/2015 7:04:41 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 347 replies
    At least 50 people were hurt after an Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia Tuesday night, according to officials. Read more: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Amtrak-Derailment-Philadelphia--303536331.html#ixzz3ZypyykBM Follow us: @nbcphiladelphia on Twitter | nbcphiladelphia on Facebook
  • Los Angeles train hits car on tracks and derails, 21 hurt

    03/28/2015 1:01:53 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 22 replies
    KFGO ^ | March 28, 2015
    At least 21 people were hurt, two of them seriously, on Saturday when a Los Angeles commuter train struck a car that was crossing the tracks and derailed into a street near the University of Southern California campus. A silver Hyundai Sonata was left crumpled and unrecognizable following the collision, according to a Reuters witness. The lead train car jumped the tracks, crashing through a metal fence and across a grass-covered median before coming to rest in the middle of Exposition Boulevard. One person on the Metrolink train suffered serious injuries, the Los Angeles Fire Department said, and a person...
  • Metrolink Crash Passengers Describe Moment Of Impact

    02/24/2015 10:17:18 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 3 replies
    cbs Los Angeles ^ | 2-24-2015
    OXNARD (CBSLA.com) — While a number of victims of the Oxnard Metrolink crash on Tuesday morning remained in the hospital through the evening, the lucky ones who suffered no serious injuries spoke out about what the fateful moment was like. Passengers suffered scrapes, cuts and bruises, but said they were beyond grateful just to be alive. “I feel blessed, I am lucky,” victim Kent Groeneveld said. “It could have been a lot worse.” Groevenveld was riding on the top deck of the second car of Metrolink train 102, on his way to work in Monterey Park, when the train collided...
  • Six People Died in a Fiery NY Train Crash Packed with 400 People… 3 Were Top Investment Bankers

    02/13/2015 6:07:40 PM PST · by dynachrome · 64 replies
    shtfplan.com ^ | 2-13-15 | Mac Slavo
    According to the initial investigations of the NTSB, which include witnesses at the scene, the driver exited the vehicle on the tracks to inspect it being hit by a crossing gate: Reports so far show that 49-year-old Ellen Brody crossed onto the tracks, when the crossing gate slammed down on the back of her vehicle. Instead of pulling through the intersection though, she got out to inspect the back of her car. It was when she got back in her car and started to pull forward that she was struck by the passing train – going 58mph. The crash led...
  • (BREAKING) 35 injured, 5 critical in Arkansas train collision, report says

    10/16/2014 11:44:42 AM PDT · by dware · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10.16.2014 | FoxNews.com
    A passenger train collided with a freight train Thursday in northwest Arkansas injuring 35, five critically, 5NewsOnline.com reported. The incident occurred at about 10:30 a.m. and involved four passenger cars carrying 44 people. Emergency responders were at the scene in Washington County and transported 31 to local hospitals, the report said.