Amtrak Train May Have Been Struck By Object Before Crash

A member of National Transportation Safety Board said Friday an assistant conductor on an Amtrak train that derailed Tuesday near Philadelphia told investigators she heard the engineer say that an object had struck the locomotive before it crashed, killing eight people.
Though she could not be certain.
Robert Sumwalt, a member of the NTSB, said the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been called in to examine damage to a "fracture pattern" on the train's windshield to see if it may have been caused by damage from an object before the crash.
The assistant conductor, who was in the fourth car of the train, said she had a radio and could hear transmissions from train's 32-year-old engineer Brandon Bostian.
The assistant conductor told the NTSB Friday that about three or four minutes after leaving Philadelphia, a local transit SEPTA train reported a problem to dispatch.