Unions: Amtrak engineer had grueling shift before derailment

Amtrak assistant conductor, Brandon Bostian stands by as Sandra Palmer, center, says goodbye to her boyfriend, Clyde Simpson, before he boards the train at the Amtrak station in St. Louis. Federal investigators have determined that an Amtrak train that crashed in Philadelphia on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, killing at least seven people, was careening through the city at 106 mph before it ran off the rails along a sharp curve. The attorney for Bostian, the engineer at the controls of the train, said Thursday, his client has no recollection of the accident. (Huy Richard Mach/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
Amtrak assistant conductor, Brandon Bostian stands by as Sandra Palmer, center, says goodbye to her boyfriend, Clyde Simpson, before he boards the train at the Amtrak station in St. Louis. Federal investigators have determined that an Amtrak train that crashed in Philadelphia on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, killing at least seven people, was careening through the city at 106 mph before it ran off the rails along a sharp curve. The attorney for Bostian, the engineer at the controls of the train, said Thursday, his client has no recollection of the accident. (Huy Richard Mach/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Union officials are offering new details on how an Amtrak engineer spent the hours before the last week’s deadly derailment in Philadelphia.

Railroad Workers United says Wednesday that Brandon Bostian’s shift May 12 had been grueling and his rest break was shortened by equipment-related delays on his earlier train to Washington.

The train arrived 26 minutes late, leaving Bostian about an hour to rest and eat before his trip back to New York on the Northeast Regional train that eventually derailed.

Engineers used to have at least 90 minutes between trips, but a March 23 schedule change ended the decades-old practice.

Amtrak says the changes meet federal safety regulations.

Bostian talked to investigators May 15 and did not report feeling fatigued or ill prior to the derailment.

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