On Monday May 12, 2015, Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 completely derailed.
The Amtrak train, traveling on Amtrak's busiest route, derailed as it was going around a curve of track in Philadelphia Monday night, killing seven passengers and injuring 200 others. Passengers reported being thrown around their train cars and getting hit with flying luggage and debris.
Preliminary investigation findings show that the train was going over 100 mph before the derailment. The speed limit for that area of track was only 50 mph. Brandon Bostian, the engineer operating the train, applied full emergency breaks right before the crash, and now claims to have no memory of what happened.
So, who could be liable? What laws apply to an Amtrak crash?