Transcript for Amtrak Crash: 8th Body Found, All Missing Accounted For
And we begin with that headline breaking from Philadelphia. Federal investigators just moments ago revealing that sudden acceleration just before the amtrak train derailed. These images of the crash site from above, where three cars there on their side, another nearly flipped. One of those cars, virtually incinerated. Tonight, the death toll rising to eight. They believe the rest of the missing now accounted for. And tonight here, an ABC news exclusive. The lawyer for the engineer on what his client remembers. And this evening, we've learned that engineer now agreeing to talk to federal investigators. We're going to begin with that new piece of information, authorities says the train was going more than 100 miles per hour and that it sped up moments before the crash. ABC's David Kerley takes us right up to those tracks. Reporter: Today, we walked onto the tracks. Eight lives lost here. Amtrak asking us not to focus on the mangled first car, where most of those were killed. Late today, investigators said the engine's camera reporting shows the speed increasing from 70 to 100 miles an hour in the last minute. The brake is flipped just before the corner. Mere seconds into the turn, we could see the train tilt iing approximately ten degrees to the right. And then the recording went blank. Reporter: The ntsb still has not interviewed the engineer, 32-year-old Brandon Bostian, whose attorney says he is banged up and has little memory of the accident or why the train was traveling at 106 miles an hour, twice the speed limit. I believe as a result of the concussion, he has absolutely no recollection whatsoever or the events. I'm told that his memory is likely to return as the concussion symptoms subside. Reporter: Many of you have asked, where does the engineer sit, how does he brake the train? Bostian was in the cab, in the front of this high tech engine. On the left, the throttle handle to increase speed. A red alerter button, the engineer has to hit a couple of times each minute or the engine goes into emergency shutdown. On the lcd screen in front of him, a speedometer which would tell him how fast he's going. And to the right, the red handled train brake, push it forward to stop the train. And you asked, would there have been a warning? Well, back over on the left side, the positive train control system that will warn of speed violations, and even stop a train. But that system is not on the tracks where amtrak 188 derailed. With the edge gin traveling more than 100 miles an hour, amtrak's CEO tells me it is too fast to make this turn. And you think at 80 miles an hour, this train could have made this, but 106, it couldn't. I don't think so. This corner itself would have a capability of having a train be able to go around it, it would be rough at 80 miles an hour. But it cannot go higher than that. Reporter: The engine involved in the derailment is still here. You can see the damage it suffered on the roof. Amtrak is hopeful that these rails will be reopened by Monday or Tuesday at the latest. David? David Kerley leading us off tonight. David, thank you.
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