PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A transit train driver says he saw a “trespasser” on the tracks moments before an unknown object struck a window on the train.
The SEPTA train was struck on the same night and in close proximity to the Amtrak train that derailed on May 12th in Philadelphia.READ MORE: Philadelphia Health Department Declares Heat Advisory For Beginning Of Week
According to SEPTA officials, the engineer saw a trespasser on the track moments before an unidentified object smashed a window.
“The engineer saw a trespasser in the area of the track, and shortly after that a bang on the window and the window spider-webbed,” SEPTA Transit Police Chief Thomas Nestel III explained.READ MORE: Several People Injured After Tree Falls On Top Of Them In Fairmount Park Near Mann Center In West Philly
The SEPTA train was approximately three miles away from the Amtrak train.
Chief Nestel says trespassers have been launching rocks and other objects at SEPTA train since the 1890s.
National Transportation Safety Board officials said that Amtrak 188, which derailed in Port Richmond, killing eight and injuring over 200, was also struck by an unknown object.MORE NEWS: Police Investigating Triple Shooting In Philadelphia's Brewerytown Neighborhood That Left 3 Women Injured
The two incidents so far have not been connected.