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The person in charge of investigating an Amtrak crash for the National Transportation Safety Board did not have much to offer anxious reporters.
To almost every question posed, Ryan Frigo gave some variant of "that's something that we will be looking at."
It will take time for investigators to determine exactly what went wrong and explain why the Amtrak passenger train crashed into a backhoe on a track near Philadelphia, killing two people Sunday.
"We're still gathering the facts," Frigo said.
Here's a look at what we know -- and don't know -- so far:

The investigation

NTSB officials will be looking at multiple factors that may have played into the crash: mechanical, operations, signal, track, human performance and survival.
Frigo said that the event data recorder and forward-facing and inward-facing video from the locomotive have been recovered.
The big unanswered questions: Why the backhoe was on the track near Chester, just south of Philadelphia? Why did the train continue its route from New York to Savannah, Georgia, when Amtrak construction workers may have been on the track?
And why didn't the construction workers move if a train was coming?
The person in charge of investigating an Amtrak crash for the National Transportation Safety Board did not have much to offer anxious reporters.
To almost every question posed, Ryan Frigo gave some variant of "that's something that we will be looking at."
It will take time for investigators to determine exactly what went wrong and explain why the Amtrak passenger train crashed into a backhoe on a track near Philadelphia, killing two people Sunday.
"We're still gathering the facts," Frigo said.
Here's a look at what we know -- and don't know -- so far: 

The investigation

NTSB officials will be looking at multiple factors that may have played into the crash: mechanical, operations, signal, track, human performance and survival.
Frigo said that the event data recorder and forward-facing and inward-facing video from the locomotive have been recovered.
The big unanswered questions: Why the backhoe was on the track near Chester, just south of Philadelphia? Why did the train continue its route from New York to Savannah, Georgia, when Amtrak construction workers may have been on the track?
And why didn't the construction workers move if a train was coming?
But the mess wasn't confined to the track, Hills said.
"I looked outside, and it looked like we were in this brown cloud," he said, speculating that the dustiness came from construction or high winds. "We were rolling into this storm, this sandstorm."
That's when passengers started panicking. Then the train slammed into the backhoe.
Hills said the impact didn't feel severe from the second passenger car, where he was sitting.
"There was tremendous impact on the first car," Hills said. He said the roof of that car was torn open, and several windows were broken.
"It feels like a nightmare," he said. "It felt like this is that experience that I've feared in the past.

Limited service

Amatrak said it was providing limited service between Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware, as the Federal Railroad Administration and NTSB investigate.
The crash came less than a month after an Amtrak train headed from Chicago to Los Angeles details in Karas injuring 32 people.
It also came almost a year after another strick detailment near philadephai-- one that left eight people dead and more than 200 injured. 
Amrak driver 188 i dont remember anything before crush
Sunday's crash near Philadelphia made Hills consider whether he should fly more.
"I rely on Amtrak a lot, and I travel for my job in the Northeast Corridor a lot," said Hills, who works in the specialty food industry. "This incident has really fed my fears."
But is it enough to make him stop riding trains?
"Unfortunately, no. We rely on it too much in this part of the country."

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