FBI Investigating Whether Object Hit Amtrak Train Before Derailment

NTSB Recorder Specialist Cassandra Johnson works with officials on the scene of the Amtrak Train 188 Derailment in Philadelphia. (NTSB photo)
NTSB Recorder Specialist Cassandra Johnson works with officials on the scene of the Amtrak Train 188 Derailment in Philadelphia. (NTSB photo)

The FBI will investigate a report that the Amtrak train involved in this week’s deadly derailment was hit by a projectile before crashing, according to news reports.

Eight people were killed Tuesday after New York-bound Amtrak train 188 derailed north of Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station.

According to a CNN report, a SEPTA train was struck by an object around the same time. A conductor told the NTSB she thought she overheard engineer Brandon Bostian tell the SEPTA train via radio the Amtrak train had also been struck.

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