Emergency personnel work at the scene of a deadly train wreck, Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

(Bloomberg) – The Amtrak engineer at the controls of a speeding train that derailed in Philadelphia last year, killing eight people, was distracted in the moments before the accident, U.S. investigators are preparing to conclude at a meeting Tuesday.

The National Transportation Safety Board’s staff is proposing that a rock-throwing incident involving a separate commuter train, which the engineer knew about because it was discussed in radio broadcasts, most likely led him to lose awareness of speed limits, two people briefed on the discussions said. They asked not to be identified because they weren’t authorized to speak about the matter before the meeting.

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