SEPTA Says Commuter Train Hit By Projectile Just Before Amtrak Train Derailed
May 13, 2015 10:08 AM
PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) – A Philadelphia commuter train was hit by a projectile about 20 minutes before an Amtrak train derailed a few miles up the track.
A spokeswoman for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority says there’s no indication that the incident is related to the derailment.
SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams says they don’t know what the projectile was. It broke the engineer’s window around 9:25 p.m. Tuesday near SEPTA’s North Philadelphia station. No injuries were reported.
Williams says the Trenton-bound commuter train was stopped and the incident was being investigated when the Amtrak derailment happened about 3½ miles away.
FLASHBACK: FBI Warns of Train Derailment Threat
Posted by Jim Hoft on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 8:24 AM
As we await more information on the train derailment in Philadelphia on Tuesday night it should be noted that the FBI put out several warnings since 9-11 on possible sabotage of US trains.
The FBI warned of stolen “derailers” after the 9-11 attacks.
This warning was first published in 2003.
ABC News reported:
Devices that could be used by terrorists to derail trains are being stolen from rail facilities around the country, the FBI warned today.
Nine derailers, a piece of railroad equipment used to derail train cars for safety purposes in railyards have been stolen recently, sources said, citing the FBI’s weekly intelligence bulletin.
The theft of these items is strange since they are of little use outside of the rail industry, according to the bulletin.
Railroads have been targeted in the past by terrorists, the bulletin said.
It specifically mentioned the Oct. 1995 derailment of an Amtrak train in Hyder, Ariz. In that incident, one person was killed and 78 were injured when parts of the track were sabotaged. The FBI located a derail 50 miles from Hyder.
The bulletin does not mention a specific threat, and the FBI has no indication the derail thefts are related to terrorism. The bulletin is distributed weekly to 18,000 state and local law enforcement agencies around the United States.
FBI indicates it does not believe Allendale County train derailment was accidental
February 5, 2015 by South Carolina Radio Network
Recent steps by the FBI seem to indicate that investigators do not think a CSX train derailment last month in rural Allendale County was accidental.
The law enforcement agency revealed Wednesday it has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and indictment of anyone who caused the train to crash near the Martin community on January 27. Emergency officials said the crash occurred after the train was diverted down the wrong tracks near the Archroma colored paper and textiles plant. The engine then collided with several rail cars parked on the siding. The train’s conductor and engineer were injured during the collision.
A state Emergency Management Division spokesman said several toxic chemicals, most notably 19,000 gallons of hydrochloric acid, leaked from the derailed train cars after the crash. Hydrochloric acid is a corrosive material that can damage organs, skin tissue, eyes, and intestines if touched. Spokesman Derrec Becker said the Archroma plant and a nearby home were evacuated, but the chemical did not sicken anyone along the rural stretch of rail.
An FBI team responded on the day of the crash, but there had been no other indications at the time that investigators were treating the crash as a crime scene. It’s believed someone may have illegally tampered with the rail junction switch, according to The State newspaper.
CSX is contributing to some of the reward. Spokeswoman Kristin Seay told the paper that the company is working with federal officials.