Amtrak Crash Kills 6 Injures 150 After Horrific Train Derailment
Amtrak Train Crashes Near Philadelphia Killing 6 and Injuring 150 People After 6 Cars and The Engine Derail From Tracks
An Amtrak Train traveling from Washington D.C. to New York derailed in the Port Richmond area of Philadelphia last night in what is being called an “Absolute, disastrous mess” by Philadelphia’s Mayor Michael Nutter. At least 6 people have died and 150 have been injured. With the possibility of additional people being uncounted for and still among the wreckage.
According to CNN, The Amtrak train, Northeast Regional Train 188, with 238 passengers and five crew members on board, derailed at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia. Sending six cars flying from the tracks and leaving the engine in a mangled mess.
The U.S. Department of Transportation is currently on scene and stated to CNN “We have confirmed an engine and all seven cars derailed,” The DOT added that the engine and two cars were left standing upright, three cars were tipped on their sides, and one was nearly flipped over on its roof. The seventh one is “leaning hard,” they said.
The NTSB is hoping the train engineer, who survived the crash, and the trains black boxes will provide insight as to how and why this Amtrak accident happened.
Mayor Michael Nutter stated “We do not know what happened here. We do not know why it happened, there was no indication the derailment was a result of an impact with another train”.
CNN further reported that 25 Amtrak passengers were still at Temple University Hospital, with 8 of them still in critical condition. CNN further reported that a source close to the Naval Academy said a midshipman from the U.S. Naval academy in Annapolis, Maryland was one of the 6 passengers killed.