Five Dead, 65 Injured in Train Crash in Philadelphia

t least five people were killed and 65 people were injured after all seven cars of a train which operated as Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 — which was carrying 238 passengers and five crew members along what is known as the Northeast Corridor line — derailed and rolled onto its side in a train crash north of Philadelphia shortly after 9:00 in the evening on Tuesday, May 12, 2015.

Dozens of the injured passengers were taken to several local hospitals, according to multiple sources. At least six of those who were injured are listed in critical condition.

The following is from an official statement released from Amtrak:

Wednesday, May 13 2:45am

We are deeply saddened by the loss of life from Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 that derailed north of Philadelphia Tuesday evening. We ask the news media to be respectful of our customers, our employees, and their families.

There were approximately 238 passengers and 5 crew members on board. Individuals with questions about their friends and family on this train should call the Amtrak Incident Hotline 800-523-9101. Amtrak has also established a Family Assistance Center to work closely with family and friends of individuals on the train. Local emergency responders are on the scene and an investigation is ongoing.

On Wednesday, May 13, modified Amtrak service will be provided between Washington and Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Philadelphia, and New York and Boston. There will be no Amtrak service between New York and Philadelphia, but New Jersey Transit will honor Amtrak tickets between New York City and Trenton.

Other Amtrak Service between New York and Albany-Rensselaer; New Haven and Springfield, Mass., and other points will operate.

Additional updates will be provided when available.

Tuesday, May 12 11:13pm

Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 at North Philadelphia

Injuries reported in incident, all Amtrak service canceled this evening between New York and Philadelphia

This evening, Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188, operating from Washington to New York derailed north of Philadelphia.  There were approximately 238 passengers and 5 crew members on board. Initial reports are that several passengers have been injured and taken to local medical facilities for treatment.  Local emergency responders are on the scene and an investigation is ongoing.

Northeast Corridor service between New York and Philadelphia is suspended.

Individuals with questions about their friends and family on train 188 should call Amtrak’s Emergency Hotline at 800-523-9101.

Additional updates will be provided when available.

Michael Nutter — the mayor of Philadelphia — reportedly said within the past couple of hours that not all of the passengers on the manifest of the train had been accounted.

It is an “absolute disastrous mess”, said the mayor. “Never seen anything like this in my life.”

He added that there were train cars that were “completely overturned, on their side, ripped apart.”

Patrick J. Murphy — a former member of the House of Representatives of the United States who represented constituents in the Eighth District in Pennsylvania — was on that train and profusely thanked the first responders, who used hydraulic tools to assist passengers who were trapped in the mangled rail cars:

There is no word as to when the Northeast Corridor line — a very busy and important rail line in the northeastern United States — will reopen. The cause of this accident is still unknown at this time.

Before I purchased my first car, I used to travel on the New Jersey Transit and Amtrak trains on the Northeast Corridor line from Pennsylvania Station in New York to date someone who lived in New Jersey; so I am quite familiar with that rail line.

My thoughts and prayers are with the survivors as well as the family and friends of those who were killed in this horrific incident…

Photograph of the inside of the wreckage was shared by Patrick J. Murphy from his Twitter account. Please click here to see additional photographs of the scene of the train wreckage from his Twitter account.

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