No mechanical failures found in Amtrak crash; engineer under scrutiny

No mechanical failures found in Amtrak crash; engineer under scrutiny
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The investigation into last month's deadly Amtrak train derailment has found "no anomalies" with the train's braking systems, signals or the tracks, according to a preliminary report released Tuesday. 

The National Transportation Safety Board's two-page report says investigators are still looking into reports of rocks being thrown at the train after examining a grapefruit-sized fracture on the front windshield.

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Officials have been working to understand why the seven-car train sped up to 106 miles per hour before derailing on a curve where the speed limit was 50 miles per hour. The train’s brakes had been activated at the time of the crash.

Amtrak has said that a more advanced system to automatically control the speed of trains along that area of tracks would be installed before the end of the year, to meet a congressional deadline.

Investigators have also obtained the cell phones records of the train's engineer, Brandon Bostian, who has said he did not remember much shortly before the train derailed. Bostian said his phone was in a bag at the time of the crash.

"Although the records appear to indicate that calls were made, text messages sent, and data used on the day of the accident, investigators have not yet made a determination if there was any phone activity during the time the train was being operated," according to the report.

Amtrak estimated that damage from the derailment was more than $9.2 million.

The May 12 derailment near Philadelphia killed eight people and injured more than 200 others.