Philadelphia, PA (5-13-15) – An Amtrak train traveling from New York to Washington D.C. derailed Tuesday night leaving six people dead and injuring over a hundred people. Now investigators from the National Traffic Safety Administration are on the scene trying to find out what caused the disastrous rail accident.
Amtrak Train 188 was carrying 238 passengers when it a reached a curve in the tracks near the Port Richmond area and derailed. Seven cars of the heavily traveled passenger train came of the tracks and many car overturned.
Five people died in the initial collision; the sixth person died later on in the hospital. A seventh person was pronounced dead Wednesday afternoon.
Authorities are concerned there could be more casualties as they be begin to move the mangled and twisted wreckage, according to NBC News.
Thus far, 140 people have been taken to the hospital for treatment. Five of those individuals are in critical condition so there is some concern that the death toll could rise, according.
In a press conference following the crash, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter described the scene as “devastating,” adding he had “never seen anything like this in my life.”
“We walked the entire length of the train area. The engine [is] completely separated from the rest of the train and one of the cars is perpendicular to the rest of the cars. It’s unbelievable,” Mayor Nutter said.
A source told NBC News that speed that may have played a role, noting that where the accident occurred the speed drops from 70 mph to 55 mph. A number of things could have caused the accident including engineer error, a fault with the railroad tracks or a mechanical issue.
The NTSB has already retrieved the black box and have begun to their investigation. They vowed to ensure all victims are found and taken from the scene before they begin their investigation.
Passenger rails between New York and Philadelphia have been closed until the derailment can be cleared, but that could take a couple of days. Until then passenger service from Philly to New York will be suspended.
MSNBC noted that a House Panel voted today—after the accident!!—to cut Amtrak’s budget by $260 million.
The curve where this accident occurred was the same sight of a 1943 train accident which is considered to be one of the worst in U.S. history. Seventy-nine people were killed in that crash which was caused by a defect in one of the cars and the misplacement of a “signal gantry” according to the History Channel.
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