PHILADELPHIA (AP/PIX11) — Federal authorities said they are uncertain if anything struck the windshield of an Amtrak train before it derailed in Philadelphia last week, but they say it was not a gunshot.
FBI agents performed forensic work on a grapefruit-sized crack on the left side of the Amtrak Train 188’s windshield. Investigators have been focusing on the speed of the train, which reached 106 mph, slowing down only slightly before reaching a 50-mph curve and derailing, killing eight people and injuring more than 200.
The National Transportation Safety Board said the probable cause of the derailment will be determined in their investigation, expected to last up to 12 months.
The agency said though the FBI ruled out the possibility of a firearm involved in the derailment, NTSB has not ruled out the possibility that the train was struck by something as it rounded the curve.