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NTSB Still Determining if Engineer Used Phone Before Crash


PHILADELPHIA (AP/WBOC)- Federal investigators say they still do not know if the engineer involved in a deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia was on his cellphone before the speeding train derailed.

The National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report released Tuesday said investigators are in the process of correlating the time stamps in the engineer's cellphone records with multiple data sources including the locomotive event recorder, the locomotive outward facing video, recorded radio communications, and surveillance video.

It also remains unclear if damage to the windshield was caused by the wreck or an object thrown at the train, according to the report. 

The NTSB has said engineer Brandon Bostian has been cooperative but says he cannot recall the moments before the accident. Eight passengers died and more than 200 were taken to hospitals.

The two-page preliminary report estimates damage from the May 12 crash at more than $9.2 million.

The NTSB says the train entered the 50 mile-per-hour curve at 106 miles per hour before the emergency brake system engaged. The report says the data indicated Bostian braked seconds before the wreck.

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