NTSB studying damage to train to determine if it was hit by object

Emergency personnel work at the scene of a deadly train wreck, Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Philadelphia. More than 200 people aboard the Washington-to-New York train were injured in the derailment that plunged screaming passengers into darkness and chaos Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Emergency personnel work at the scene of a deadly train wreck, Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Philadelphia. More than 200 people aboard the Washington-to-New York train were injured in the derailment that plunged screaming passengers into darkness and chaos Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The National Transportation Safety Board says it’s examining damage on the Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia to see if it was hit by an object.

The NTSB says an assistant conductor in the cafe car of the Amtrak train said she heard the engineer talking to a regional rail train engineer who said he’d been “hit by a rock or shot at.” She says she thought she heard the Amtrak engineer say his train had also been struck.

NTSB member Robert Sumwalt says his team has “seen damage to the left hand lower portion of the Amtrak windshield” and has asked the FBI to look at it.

The derailment of the Washington-to-New York train killed eight people.

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