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Engineer in Amtrak Derailment Didn’t Tell Dispatchers Train Had Been Struck: NTSB

File photo of the derailed Amtrak train in Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Lucas Jackson—Reuters Emergency workers look through the remains of a derailed Amtrak train in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in this May 13, 2015 file photo

The engineer has told investigators he doesn't remember what happened leading up to the crash

The engineer at the center of the deadly derailment in Philadelphia last week made no mention to dispatchers that the Amtrak train was possibly struck by a foreign object, a lead investigator said Sunday.

“We interviewed the dispatchers and we listened to the dispatch tape, and we heard no communications at all from the Amtrak engineer to the dispatch center to say that something had struck his train,” National Transportation Safety Board investigator Robert Sumwalt said on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Sumwalt told CNN the same thing. But Sumwalt said the NTSB and FBI “see a mark on the windshield that we want to look at.”

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