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Amtrak Derailment in Philly Kills 6, Closes Busy Corridor

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By    |   Wednesday, 13 May 2015 10:38 AM

An Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia on Tuesday night killed six and critically injured eight. The northbound commuter jumped the tracks, but not much else was known about the cause.

The train, traveling to New York from Washington with 238 passengers and five crew members, departed Philadelphia's 30th Street Station just before the accident on one of the busiest commuter rail lines in the country, reported the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The accident happened near a curve at Wheatsheaf Lane and Interstate 95. WCAU-TV reported that seven cars left the tracks near Frankford Junction.

Temple University Hospital told WCAU-TV that it treated 54 people from the accident and 25 remained admitted Wednesday morning.

Amtrak announced that its train traffic along the Northeast Corridor between New York and Philadelphia was suspended, but it had arranged for New Jersey Transit to honor Amtrak tickets between New York City and Trenton in New Jersey.

Amtrak said it has modified its services between Washington and Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Philadelphia; and New York and Boston.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of life from Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 that derailed north of Philadelphia Tuesday evening," Amtrak said in a statement. "We ask the news media to be respectful of our customers, our employees, and their families. … Amtrak has also established a Family Assistance Center to work closely with family and friends of individuals on the train."

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter told WCAU-TV that the accident was raised to a "Level 3 mass casualty" emergency and that it remained under investigation.

"This was an absolute disastrous mess," said Nutter. "I have never seen anything like it in my life. Many of these folks are not from Philadelphia. … We do not know what happened here. We're not going to try to speculate about that."

The Federal Railroad Administration told the Inquirer that eight of its investigators were sent to the accident scene to start a federal inquiry. They were joined by officials from the National Transportation Safety Board.

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An Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia on Tuesday night killed six and critically injured eight. The northbound commuter jumped the tracks, but not much else was known about the cause.
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