NTSB still determining if engineer used phone before crash

FILE - In this May 13, 2015, file photo, emergency personnel work at the scene of a deadly train wreck in Philadelphia. Federal safety regulators and Amtrak officials face questions at a congressional hearing Tuesday, June 2, 2015, on why technology to slow trains that are going too fast wasn’t in place before last month’s deadly derailment. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal investigators say they still don’t 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 says it also remains unclear if damage to the windshield was caused by the wreck or an object thrown at the train.

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. The report says Bostian braked seconds before the wreck.

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