FBI looks into whether object struck Amtrak train before Philadelphia crash

Global News

WATCH ABOVE: New surveillance video shows the train speeding down the tracks and leaving the rails in a shower of sparks from overhead power lines.

PHILADELPHIA – The FBI has been called in to investigate the possibility that the windshield of an Amtrak train was hit with an object shortly before the train derailed this week in a crash that killed eight people and injured about 200 more.

The revelation came at a National Transportation Safety Board briefing on Friday evening, raising new questions about the accident. NTSB board member Robert Sumwalt declined to speculate about the exact significance of a projectile, but the idea raised the possibility that the engineer might have been distracted, panicked or even wounded in the moments before the train left the rails.

READ MORE: Amtrak CEO: Railroad takes ‘full responsibility’ for crash

The train sped up to twice the speed limit when it was supposed…

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