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Rockntractor
05-15-2015, 08:14 PM
PHILADELPHIA — An assistant conductor on the Amtrak (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/business/companies/amtrak/index.html?inline=nyt-org) train that derailed on Tuesday believes she heard the engineer tell another regional train operator in a radio transmission that the train had been struck by something just before the accident, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/n/national_transportation_safety_board/index.html?inline=nyt-org).

At a news conference on Friday, Robert L. Sumwalt, the safety board official who is leading the investigation, said the F.B.I. had been asked to examine what he described as a fist-size impact area found on the lower left side of the train’s windshield. Officials said that the F.B.I. had been called in because it has the forensics expertise needed for the investigation, but that it had not yet begun its analysis.
Mr. Sumwalt said investigators had interviewed three crew members, including the engineer, whom they said was “extremely cooperative” and displayed good knowledge of the proper procedures and speeds for the rail line. He said the engineer had not been fatigued and was not ill.

“He recalls ringing the train bell as he went through North Philadelphia Station, as required,” Mr. Sumwalt said. “He has no recollection of anything past that.”
The assistant conductor, however, who was working in the cafe car, heard the engineer talking to his counterpart on a SEPTA regional line, who said his train had been “hit by a rock or shot at,” according to Mr. Sumwalt. The assistant conductor said she thought she heard the Amtrak engineer, Brandon Bostian, reply that his train had also been struck.
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SarasotaRepub
05-15-2015, 09:50 PM
Something weird going on here.

Of course the Libtard answer is as usual, throw money at it
and blame Republicans...:rolleyes:

Rockntractor
05-15-2015, 09:54 PM
Something weird going on here.

Of course the Libtard answer is as usual, throw money at it
and blame Republicans...:rolleyes:

How much you want to make a bet there are some 25 year old school "children or teens" involved.

noonwitch
05-19-2015, 11:50 AM
Is is possible that the projectile that shattered the windshield also hit the engineer on the head and either knocked him unconscious or otherwise affected his ability to operate the train? An injury to his head like that would also affect his memory, and might explain why he remembers ringiing the bell, but not anything after that,