New York GOPer: Amtrak Derailment ‘Does Smell Very Fishy’

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Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) said Sunday during a radio interview that there was something “fishy” about the Amtrak derailment and that he wanted more information from the engineer who was driving the train.

Zeldin’s request for more information came after lawyers for the engineer, Brandon Bostian, said Bostian had no memory of the derailment. Zeldin, a member of the Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials subcommittee, shared his concerns in an interview with John Catsimatidis, host of “The Cats Roundtable.”

“I’m certainly interested in finding out more information so that I don’t have to speculate. It does smell very fishy,” Zeldin said. “There’s no reason at all why that train should even be allowed to accelerate to that speed so — many questions.”

The train derailment, which occurred on May 12 in Philadelphia, left eight dead and more than 200 injured as the train accelerated on its trip from Washington D.C. to New York City.

Listen to the audio below from “The Cats Roundtable.” Zeldin’s comments come at about the 21:06 mark.

h/t The Hill