Amtrak Train Crash: 7 Dead, More Than 200 Injured

At least seven people were killed and over 200 people hurt after an Amtrak Northeast Regional train en route from Washington to New York, carrying 238 passengers and five crew members, derailed and rolled onto its side in Port Richmond, near Philadelphia Tuesday night. According to VOA, ” an unknown number of passengers and crew aboard the train remain missing or unaccounted for, although some of them may have left the scene uninjured”.

Over 140 people were hospitalized and at least six of them are in critical condition. Victims were taken to Temple University Hospital, Aria Health-Frankford, Hahnemann University Hospital and the Albert Einstein Medical Center.

During a news conference late Tuesday mayor Michael Nutter said: “This was an absolute disastrous mess. I have never seen anything like it in my life. Many of these folks are not from Philadelphia.”

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of those we lost last night, and to the many passengers who today begin their long road to recovery”, U.S. President Barack Obama said. “As we work to determine exactly what happened, I commend the fire, police and medical personnel working tirelessly and professionally to save lives. “Along the Northeast Corridor, Amtrak is a way of life for many,” Obama said. “From Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia to New York City and Boston, this is a tragedy that touches us all.”

A search team Wednesday found the black box with key data from a passenger train that derailed in Philadelphia, as authorities continue to comb the twisted wreckage. ” The Federal Railroad Administration the speed limit on the track just before the accident site is 70 mph, and 50 mph for the curve near where the train came to a rest, but according to reports by The New York Times, black box data indicates the train entered the curve at speeds of at least 100 miles an hour. Survivors said train shook as it went into a curve and went off the tracks Tuesday night, sending passengers and luggage flying through the air as the locomotive and six cars overturned and ended up in a mass of twisted steel and debris”, VOA reported.

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