Amtrak train derailment victim identified as convicted sex offender



Amtrak train traveling at high speed when it derailed

Claudia Cowan reports about the deadly crash.

The authorities have established that the third victim died in an Amtrak train derailment Monday morning in the state of Washington is a man who is under federal monitoring for a child pornography conviction.

Benjamin Gran, 40, of Auburn, Washington, died on Monday derailment after suffering multiple traumatic injuries, the Pierce County coroner’s office said Wednesday.


Benjamin grandmother’s mother described him as “Amtrak’s biggest fan.” He was identified as the third person killed in the crash. He served time for child pornography possession, but his mother says that he paid his debt to society and was on the right path.

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Gran had been sentenced to a lifetime of federal supervision after a felony conviction for child pornography. He pleaded guilty in 2013 and served two years in prison, The Associated Press reported.

His mother, Linda Daniels, told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that Gran had recovered from what they call a “small blip” in his life. “He would have pulled it together.”

Researchers identified Gran as a member of an online forum with the name and was caught with the pornography in his home, the newspaper in 2013.

Gran, who also was ordered to register as a sex offender, worked on computers at a community college outside of Tacoma, according to Q13 Fox.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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