Official: Feds look at whether train engineer was distracted

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First responders work at the scene of an Amtrak train that derailed in DuPont, south of Seattle on Monday. The Amtrak train making the first-ever run along a faster new route hurtled off an overpass south of Seattle and spilled some of its cars onto the highway below, killing some people, injuring dozens and crushing a few vehicles, authorities said. Fenelon was a passenger of the train.

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A damaged train car sits on a flatbed trailer at left as work continues to remove other cars at the scene of an Amtrak train crash onto Interstate 5 a day earlier Tuesday in DuPont, Wash. Federal investigators say they don’t yet know why the train was traveling 50 mph over the speed limit when it derailed Monday, killing some people and injuring dozens.

DUPONT, Wash. — Investigators are looking into whether the Amtrak engineer whose speeding train plunged off an overpass, killing at least three people, was distracted by the presence of an employee-in-training next to him in the locomotive, a federal official said Tuesday.