DUPONT, Wash. — A former BNSF train engineer and railroad safety expert said Tuesday it was "unbelievable" that the engineer operating Amtrak train 501 did not use the emergency brake before the train derailed on Monday morning, killing three people and injuring dozens more.
"If you're coming into that curve, the second you see where you're at, you're in emergency," John Hiatt, who was a train engineer for 10 years and now investigates train crashes for Bremseth law firm, said. "It's almost like he flat out didn't see it coming -- he just lost track of where he was…. the only thing that explains that is he was incapacitated but even then the train will shut itself down over a length of time if he's not doing certain things in the cab."
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