The search for clues into what caused last week’s deadly Amtrak train derailment continued even as thousands of commuters boarded trains Monday. The first trains rolled out before 6 a.m. Amtrak resumed service between Philadelphia and New York, less than one week after the deadly derailment that killed eight and injured more than 200.
Amtrak CEO Joseph Boardman on Monday assured passengers aboard the same route Amtrak 188 was on last Tuesday that the train was safe, shaking passengers’ hands and thanking them for riding, according to a CNN employee who commutes home from Washington to New York each night.
Did something hit the windshield?
The FBI was on the scene Monday assisting in the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigation into last Tuesday’s accident. Authorities tapped FBI experts to investigate whether a mark on the windshield of Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 was made by a hurled projectile — or even a bullet — before it derailed in Philadelphia last week.
After completing its examination of the windshield, the FBI found no evidence of damage that could have been caused by a firearm, according to an NTSB statement issued Monday. “The NTSB has not ruled out the possibility that another object may have struck the windshield.”