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‘Absolute disastrous mess’: At least 6 dead, hundreds injured in Amtrak crash in Philadelphia

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The derailed Amtrak cars seen on their side. (Photo: FOX29Philly -- http://www.myfoxphilly.com/story/29048426/amtrak-train)

The derailed Amtrak cars seen on their side. (Photo: FOX29Philly — http://www.myfoxphilly.com/story/29048426/amtrak-train)

PHILADELPHIA (CNN) — A passenger train from Washington, D.C., to New York City derailed in Philadelphia Tuesday night.  At least five people died, Mayor Michael Nutter said. A sixth person was reported to have died, a doctor at a press conference at Temple University announced Wednesday morning. At least 146 people were injured, CNN reported.

The mayor said at least five people were killed and at least 65 people were transported to hospitals, including six in critical condition. Nutter said he’s not sure if everyone who was on the train has been accounted for.

Officials say all seven cars of an Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia came off the tracks.

Nutter stressed at a late-night news conference that the death toll was preliminary.

He called it “an absolute disastrous mess” and said he’d never seen anything like it.”

The cause of the crash wasn’t immediately known. The National Transportation Safety Board said it was gathering information about the derailment.

Amtrak says the train that derailed in Philadelphia was carrying approximately 238 passengers and 5 crew members, including a number who have been injured.

Amtrak says train service along the Northeast Corridor between New York and Philadelphia has been suspended.

Word of the derailment quickly spread on social media, with posts on Twitter describing crews searching for wreckage and helicopters hovering overhead.

Video from CNN affiliates showed what appeared to be an overturned train car and people with flashlights searching the area.

There’s been a mix of injuries suffered when an Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia.

The Associated Press said several people were seen being taken out of the train on stretchers. Others were able to walk on their own, some wobbly.

One man who was rolled past an AP reporter on a stretcher complained of neck pain.

An Associated Press manager who was on the Amtrak train says he was watching Netflix when the train suddenly shook, like someone had slammed the brake.

Paul Cheung says everything started to shake and people’s stuff started flying everywhere. He says it all happened “in a flash second.”

Cheung says another passenger urged them to escape from the back of his car, which he did. He saw passengers trying to escape through the windows of cars tipped on their side.

He says the front of the train was mangled. He described it “like a pile of metal.”

The NTBS issued a statement and said they are “currently gathering information about tonight’s Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia.”

Amtrak said they are “aware of the derailment of Northeast Regional train 188 north of Philadelphia and will provide updates as they become available.”

Former Congressman Patrick Murphy was on the train and says he has been helping people. He has been tweeting photos of firefighters helping people in the wreckage.

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4 comments

  • baby chang (@babychang5307)

    And this is why I drive.

    Train travel in the USA sucks. It’s unreliable, overcrowded, and expensive. Our train system is a joke compared to countries like China and Japan. We need to get our infrastructure up to there standard.

    From NYC to Boston, Amtrak tickets (roundtrip) cost around $250. That is more than a plane ticket!

    This is what I pay to drive my car:
    – Insurance is $25/month (from Insurance Panda)
    – Gas is less than $100/month (thanks GasBuddy and my Honda Accord)
    – Occasionally I’ll pay a $5 toll or pay $10 for parking

    Why do people in the USA cram into trains that are expensive, will be delayed, won’t be comfortable, and aren’t even safe?

    That is why we need to start working on our crumbling infrastructure. Come on Americans let’s do this.

    Condolences to the families of the victims.

  • "peety"

    hours after the deadly crash, the GOP led House votes to slash Amtrak funding yet again.

    Meanwhile, some are speculating the tracks became loose from GOP sponsored Fracking.

    But the good news is, the GOP is rich rich rich and don’t need trains!

  • The Best Driver in the World

    I don’t use public transportation. Too dangerous~ Nothing is safer than my car and my extraordinary driving skill~ BTW, my driving record for the last 20 years: Zero accident, zero traffic ticket although I’ve been driving 50 ~ 100 miles a day. However, I have almost got killed by a few suspected drunk drivers so far but managed to spot and dodge their [ incoming ] vehicle in time. I’m always alert and quick with my reflexes.