Amtrak Crash Kills at least 6
At Least 6 Dead in Amtrak Crash in Philadelphia
Heavy equipment is being brought in at the scene of an Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia that killed at least six people.
One car is mangled, three rail cars are overturned and three others are a twisted mess, after the wreck that sent more than 140 people to hospitals.
Several are in critical condition.
Temple University Hospital’s Dr. Herbert Cushing says most of the injured sustained fractures.
The derailment occurred where the tracks curve in the city’s Port Richmond section.
National Transportation Safety Board investigators will begin their investigation to determine what caused it.
The train was carrying 238 passengers and five crew members as it headed from Washington to New York City along the nation’s busiest rail corridor.
One of the passengers on the train says she was thrown from her seat when the car she was in turned onto its side.
Jillian Jorgensen covers politics for The New York Observer.
She is 27 and lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.
She tells The Associated Press that things got “very bumpy” and she flew across the train.
She says she eventually landed underneath some seats.
She says she heard people screaming and saw people trapped.
She says one man was lying still in the center of the car and his face was covered in blood.
She got out via an emergency exit window.