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BLET statement on fatal Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia

(The following is a statement by Dennis R. Pierce, National President of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, regarding the fatal Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia on May 12, 2015.)

CLEVELAND, May 13 ó As federal investigators in Philadelphia begin to piece together what happened leading up to the horrific Amtrak derailment that occurred on May 12, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET) extends our most heartfelt sympathy to the grieving families who lost a loved one in the accident, and also to the many victims who suffered serious injuries. The membership of the BLET is all too familiar with the tragic loss that comes from railroad accidents, and you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

As first responders are still on the scene, and consistent with our organizationís long-standing policy regarding open accident investigations, I will not comment on the accident itself nor will I speculate on the actions that may have contributed to this terrible tragedy. Our organization is assisting the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) with its investigation into the accident and we are fully cooperating in an effort to identify what may have contributed to the crash as we work toward our goal of saving lives and preventing similar accidents in the future.

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The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen represents more than 55,000 professional locomotive engineers and trainmen throughout the United States. The BLET is the founding member of the Rail Conference, International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
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