Amtrak engineer had Bay Area ties

Source: Myspace

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON)– The engineer for the deadly Amtrak train that killed seven people spent some time living in the Bay Area.

Tasha Bartholomew, the spokesperson for Caltrain and Sam Trans confirmed that 32-year-old Brandon Bostian did operate Caltrain trains several years ago, as an Amtrak employee.

For several years, Amtrak operated Caltrain trains per a contractual agreement. That ended about 2 years ago.

The Midtown Gazette in Manhattan interviewed Bostonian in 2012 at a rally for equal rights in New York.

That article said,

“Brandon Bostian, a recent transplant to New York, attended the event. Bostian was active in the Proposition 8 fight, which defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman, in San Francisco. While he is still interested in working for marriage equality, Bostian admitted that he is less enthusiastic this time around. “It’s kind of insulting to have to beg people for my right to marry,” he said. “I feel like we shouldn’t even have to have this fight.”

With the election just two weeks away, Bostian is also worried that it may be too late for him to help. “What can I really do?” he asked.”

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