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6 Dead in Philadelphia Amtrak Derailment

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Jarod Cassidy2 years ago

At least six people are dead and dozens of others are injured as a result of a commuter train accident in Philadelphia Tuesday evening.

Details of the Train Accident

According to the San Antonio Express-News, Train 188 was carrying 238 passengers and five crew members en route from Washington to New York when it left the tracks at a curve in Philadelphia’s Port Richmond section.

Mayor Michael Nutter confirmed that at least five people had died in the accident and stated that not all of the train’s passengers had been accounted for. Wednesday morning, Temple University Hospital announced that a sixth person had died overnight.

In all, more than 140 people were hospitalized following the accident, several with critical injuries. Common injuries included burns and broken bones.

Authorities Launch Investigation of Derailment

So far, officials have not commented on what could have caused the derailment.

Passengers reported the train was moving at a high speed as it entered the sharp Richmond curve with one passenger stating the speed was “fast enough for me to be worried.”

Crews will be on the scene throughout the week as they investigate the track and wreckage.

Another deadly train derailment occurred in the same area in 1943. That incident killed 79 people and is considered one of the deadliest train accidents to occur in the U.S.


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