Just before Tuesday’s deadly Amtrak derailment, at about 9:25 p.m, Tuesday, SEPTA’s northbound Train 769, en route to Trenton on tracks on the Northeast Corridor beside the Amtrak rails, was struck by “an unknown projectile” that broke the engineer’s window, SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams said.
Strange that about three minutes later and four miles away, near Frankford Junction, Amtrak’s northbound Train 188 derailed on the Northeast Corridor tracks, killing at least six and injuring scores.
Two trains, separate incidents within three minutes from each other, and both incidents cause damage on the engineer’s window (one confirmed due to a projectile)—which, now, some photos have surfaced of the Amtrak crash also showing signs of engineer’s window shatter. Whether this is the result of another projectile or was caused by the crash is unknown; but what is known is that both incidents were either coordinated around the same time, with damage to the engineer’s window. Were these simply due to accidents? One is not. But these new revelations begins to lessen the possibility that chance was involved and that foul play becomes a possibility.
Another question is asked regarding another photo with SEPTA incident, which is a confirmed projectile asking “are these bullet holes?”
What the experts mean by “projectile” is an object fired from a gun with an explosive propelling charge, such as a bullet, shell, rocket, or grenade… The cause of the derailment is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Railroad Administration.
Also unusual is that the Amtrak train that crashed in Philadelphia was traveling at 107 mph at a curve, where the speed limit drops to 50 mph.
So the question is raised: was no one controlling the speed of the train, or was the engineer incapacitated due to a “projectile”? People wait in anticipation.
So far, we are told, “There is no indication at this time that the two incidents are related in any way,” Williams said, early Wednesday. But what this means is that, technically, the two trains were not connected. However, this statement does not exclude a coordinated attack or foul play.
So stay tuned.
The horrific train derailment that has taken the lives of seven passengers already is the topic of speculation, and this won’t help: the engineer declined to give a statement to police, and he has lawyered up already.
Philadelphia police officials say the engineer of the Amtrak train that crashed, killing seven people and injuring more than 200, declined to provide a statement to investigators.
They say the engineer also had an attorney when he left a meeting with investigators. The engineer has not yet been identified.
Investigators are trying to determine why the train slipped off the tracks while rounding a sharp curve Tuesday night northeast of Philadelphia’s city center.
Authorities say the locomotive’s data recorder has been recovered, and that it should yield critical information, including the speed of the train.
The speed limit just before the curve was 70 mph and on the curve it was 50 mph.
City officials are holding another briefing Wednesday afternoon. The National Transportation Safety Board also plans a 5 p.m. briefing.
Another curiosity – a different train had been hit by a “projectile” pretty violently a few minutes before the Amtrak train derailed. It’s just getting weirder and weirder.