NEW YORK -- Bob Hewitt was texting his wife about vacation plans from his seat of the front car of Amtrak train 188 when the car began to tilt and he found himelf being bounced into the baggage rack.
He was then knocked unconscious and thrown from the train. Hewitt recalled the horror of it all on the first anniversary of the derailment.
The train was enroute to Penn Station from Washington when it jumped the rails outside of Philadelphia. The National Transportation Safety Board will issue its findings as to the cause of the accident next Tuesday.
There remains a number of unanswered questions, but what is known is that the train was traveling at excessive speed --100 miles per hour around a bend where it should have been going half that speed.