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Investigators Trying To Identify Object and Any Suspects Associated With Dangerous On-Track Incident

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Amtrak officials are investigating after an unknown object struck a passenger train and cracked a window Sunday evening as it was passing through Philadelphia.

According to officials, unidentified objects were thrown at an Acela Express train around 7 p.m. as it was traveling through Bridesburg.

Amtrak says 201 passengers were on board the train bound for New York City from Washington D.C. when the incident happened.

“There was this giant boom. It almost sounded like this tray table had dropped really hard and strong and loud,” passenger Taylor Lorenz told CBS 2 News.

“Immediately everybody looked at it and said ‘Oh my God, it’s a gunshot. Is that a bullet in there? What’s going on?’”

There were no reported injuries to passengers or crew members.

The train stopped at Metropark in New Jersey so inspectors could check the damage.

Amtrak and local authorities are investigating the incident, including the type of objects that hit the train.

The incident happened one day before federal investigators were expected to release thousands of pages of documents and evidence related to the probe of the deadly derailment of Amtrak train 188 a few miles away in May.


If you have any information on this incident you can contact the Amtrak Office of Inspector General @ 202-906-4600
Philadelphia Field Office

Philadelphia 15th District Department
215-686-3150
police.co_15@phila.gov

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