8th Victim Pulled from Amtrak Train Crash … Identified as Missing 45 Year Old Bob Gildersleeve Husband and Father of Two


The search is over for missing Bob Gildersleeve …

An 8th victim has been pulled from the of Amtrak 188 crash sight on Thursday. Bob Gildersleeve was thought to be aboard the train when it crashed Tuesday night in Philadelphia, however, remained missing. His family gathered in Philadelphia after the accident and passed out fliers with his photo. Sadly, what many had suspected came true. A body was discovered on Thursday by a cadaver dog in the wreckage and was identified as 45 year old Bob Gildersleeve, a husband and a father of two. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of Bob Gildersleeve and the other families who lost loved ones in this terrible train crash.

The NTSB announced earlier that the train had been traveling 106 mph heading into a turn where the speed limit was 50 mph. The engineer claims he does not remember anything.

Bob Gildersleeve

45 year old Bob Gildersleeve,  RIP

Bob Gildersleeve, a 45-year-old husband and father of two, was the latest victim identified in the crash.

Gildersleeve’s family gathered in Philadelphia after the accident, passing out fliers with his photo and identifying him as missing as recently as Wednesday.

With the discovery of the body by the cadaver dog Thursday, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said officials had accounted for all 238 passengers and five crew members who were believed to be aboard the train, which started in Washington and passed through Maryland on its way toward New York.

By Thursday evening, officials said, all eight of the dead had been identified.

Gildersleeve’s death was confirmed by Doug Baker, chairman and CEO of Ecolab. Gildersleeve had worked at the Minnesota-based water, hygiene and technologies company for 22 years, most recently as vice president of corporate accounts for institutional business in North America out of offices in Towson.

The other seven who were among the dead aboard Amtrak 188 are as follows, 8 total have died:

  1. Jim Gaines, an award-winning AP video software architect and a father of two
  2. Justin Zemser. a Naval Academy midshipman from New York City
  3. Abid Gilani. a senior vice president in Wells Fargo’s commercial real estate division in New York
  4. Rachel Jacobs, who was commuting home to New York from her new job as CEO of the Philadelphia educational software startup ApprenNet
  5. Laura Finamore, a New York City resident who worked in commercial real estate
  6. Giuseppe Piras, an Italian businessman  from Sardinia who worked in the wine and olive oil business.
  7. Derrick Griffith, 42, dean of students at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn. A statement from the college described Griffith as “a pillar in the community” who had just been granted a Doctorate of Philosophy by the City University of New York.

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    3 Responses to “8th Victim Pulled from Amtrak Train Crash … Identified as Missing 45 Year Old Bob Gildersleeve Husband and Father of Two”

    1. A Texas Grandfather on May 15th, 2015 10:55 am

      The NTSB is reporting this morning that the event recorder has evidence that the train accelerated from 80 mph beginning approx. 45 seconds prior to entering the curve and continued until the brakes were applied.

      This is a deliberate act by a mad man to duplicate with a train what occurred over France with the German Wings aircraft. He had plenty of knowledge about the route of the trackage and what speeds were correct for every turn.

    2. Tamikosmom on May 15th, 2015 11:53 am

      Why is there not a backup engineer? One engineer could fall asleep. One engineer could have a medical emergency. One engineer could be distracted. One engineer could have a death wish. For crying out loud … there are approximately 250 lives in the balance on every run between Washington DC and New York.

    3. A Texas Grandfather on May 15th, 2015 10:47 pm

      The use of two persons in a train cab has been a fight since the time that steam engines began to use oil rather than coal. This is a union and management issue. The transition from steam to electric and diesel electric engines makes the job of fireman as originally conceived useless.

      What management is trying to do is eliminate the cost of a second person in a train cab. They forget all about the safety issue.

      Train throttles in the steam era were a tall brass lever in the middle of the cab that reacted much as does an accelerator pedal on an auto or truck with the exception of a return spring. The throttle on a diesel-electric or electric engine is set up with detents (a notched guide)that apply a fixed amount of throttle and remain in place until they are purposely moved by the engineer.

      A second person in the cab most likely could have prevented this disaster.

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