Amtrak Train Windshield Being Investigated After Philadelphia Derailment

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The FBI is investigating the Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia. The FBI will be examining the train’s windshield, as a follow-up to a report suggesting that the windshield could have been hit by an object before the crash occurred, according to the NTSB.

The NTSB requested the assistance of the FBI to investigate the train, particularly the windshield, after the suggestion was made that the windshield may have been hit before the crash. According to the NTSB, there was an assistant conductor on the train, in the café car. She said she overheard a regional train engineer tell the Amtrak engineer that he thought he had been either shot at or hit by a rock. She added that she thought she heard the Amtrak engineer say he believed his train had also been hit.

Robert Sumwalt, an NTSB member, said that his team saw damage to the left, lower portion of the train’s windshield. It was at this point that the FBI was asked to investigate the windshield.

The National Transportation Safety Board has interviewed the engineer of the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia. The engineer, Brandon Bostain, was cooperative, but said that after he rang the train’s bell while passing the North Philadelphia Station, he remembers nothing. Bostian’s lawyer said the engineer has sustained a concussion from the wreck.

By Jeanette Smith

Source: Newsday: The Latest on Amtrak Crash: Last Two Mangled Cars Removed
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