Seven people have been reported killed and over 140 injured and hospitalized after an Amtrak Northeast Corridor Train 188 derailed near Philadelphia. Several remain in a critical condition following the accident in which rescue workers feared more casualties. The train was on its way from New York from Washington, DC. According to a Daily Beast report, Philadelphia’s Mayor Michael Nutter said all passengers were yet to be accounted for.
All seven cars were derailed in the neighborhood of Port Richmond in Philadelphia. Among the dead who have been identified is 39 year old Rachel Jacobs, CEO of Philadelphia based AppernNet, Wells Fargo executive Abid Gilani, 55, and Dr. Derrick Griffith, the 42 year old acting dean of student affairs at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn.
Accident near location of 1943 crash
Another report in the Daily Beast suggests that the cars were ripped apart and rolled on their sides creating panic among the passengers. Hundreds of officials from the FBI, Homeland Security, police, and fire department rushed to the scene of the accident immediately. According to one passenger, Jeremy Wladis, two women were launched into the overhead luggage rack on impact.
Some passengers claim the train was approaching a turn when the derailment took place. Ironically, it was the same curve that caused one of the worst rail crashes in the country in 1943. That accident which killed 79 people is considered one of the most spectacular railroad wrecks in US history, as per a Time report. The hard working and stellar local lawyers on the site USAttorneys.com were not around for that but they can handle people who made serious mistakes on the roads, waterways, and railways now.
Emergency crews and volunteers respond instantly
Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA) was among the passengers seated in the train’s café car who managed to escape unharmed. He later tweeted his appreciation to all the emergency responders who reached the site in minutes from all across Philadelphia. A triage center was set up a few blocks from the derailed train. All the injured were put on stretchers and rushed to various local hospitals including Jefferson University Hospital, and Einstein Medical Center, to name a few.
In addition to ambulances, SEPTA buses and police wagons were also pressed into operation to transport the wounded to hospitals. Volunteers included several church groups based in Port Richmond who claim many of the passengers handled the situation well. So far, the FBI has ruled out terrorism although Homeland Security was on alert at the scene. This is the same department that is not protecting the southern border.
Amtrak seriously needs help
Following the Amtrak crash, a House committee struck down a Democratic amendment to increase rail transport funding. According to another Daily Beast report, the committee said they would reconsider the issue based on investigation reports from the NTSB on the cause of the crash. Railroad experts had last month estimated that repairs and replacements alone on existing assets in the Northeast Corridor would cost as much as $21.1 billion. This only included fixing what was already in use.
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Engineer doesn’t recall moment of derailment
As per The Washington Post, the train was traveling at 106 mph as it approached a sharp curve, according to preliminary NTSB reports. Accident attorneys and experts say that this is over twice the authorized speed of 50 mph. The engineer, Brandon Bostian, 32, is alleged to have applied the emergency brakes too late and hit the curve at 102mph, following which the derailment took place three seconds later.
A Reuters quoted a city official on condition of anonymity stating that Bostian, a University of Missouri graduate, has been an Amtrak engineer for over four years. He was a conductor prior to becoming an engineer. Bostian was also injured in the crash. His accident attorney claims his client was cooperating with the authorities and could not recall the crash and wasn’t in a position to offer any explanation for what happened. He voluntarily handed over his cell phone and blood sample to the authorities.
Why were you going so fast engineer?!

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