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.
Amtrak’s president and chief executive officer Joe Boardman sent the following letter on Friday: The derailment of Northeast Regional Train 188 was a terrible tragedy that we are responding to with every resource we have available. The National Transportation Safety Board is leading the investigation to determine the cause of the incident, and Amtrak is providing full cooperation. With truly heavy hearts, we mourn those who died. Their loss leaves holes in the lives of their families and communities. On behalf of the entire Amtrak family, I offer our sincere sympathies and prayers for them and their loved ones. Amtrak