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(PHILADELPHIA) — The engineer driving the Amtrak train that derailed Tuesday night has been identified as 32-year-old Brandon Bostian.

The attorney for Bostian, a Queens, New York, resident, confirmed his identity to ABC News.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Bostian has worked at Amtrak for nearly nine years, the first half of which he spent as a passenger conductor before he became a passenger engineer in December 2010.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said Wednesday that the engineer suffered unspecified injuries and received medical care.

Bostian initially spoke with investigators Tuesday night. He was treated at a hospital and then released and transported to the Philadelphia Police Department. He later declined to provide a formal statement to police and requested a lawyer, which he now has. What he told police or other investigators was not released.

ABC News can confirm that they were reportedly meeting with federal accident investigators and other rail personnel this afternoon.

National Transportation Safety Board member Robert Sumwalt said that their go-team have not yet met with the engineer, but they “plan to.”

“This person has gone through a very traumatic event and we want to give him the opportunity to convalesce for a day or so before we interview him,” Sumwalt said.

The NTSB announced that preliminary data indicated that the train’s speed exceeded 100 mph. There is a 50 mph limit at the curve where the train derailed, so the reason why the train was going in excess of twice the limit will be one of the biggest questions facing investigators.

Sumwalt said an initial review of the train’s data recorder shows that the train was going 106 mph three seconds before the recording ended, and that is when the engineer pressed the full emergency brake application. When the recording ended, the train was going 102 mph.

The engineer was one of five Amtrak employees on board the New York City-bound train when it derailed around a bend shortly after leaving a stop in Philadelphia.

Seven people died in the crash and Nutter said that more than 200 people were treated at local hospitals.

The NTSB was also involved in the investigation into the December 2013 Metro North train derailment outside of New York City, where the engineer was found at fault because he dozed off and the train was going nearly three times the speed limit at the curve where the crash occurred.

Four people died in that crash and approximately 60 others injured. The engineer was suspended without pay and is involved in a number of civil suits though he has not faced any criminal charges.

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