An Amtrak New York-bound train derailed in Philadelphia, killing seven people. Northeast Regional Train 188, originating from Washington, went off its tracks at about 9:30 P.M. on Tuesday, blocking one of the busiest rail corridor in the United States. More than 200 passengers were injured.
Philly’s quiet neighborhood was turned into a search and rescue zone, workers searched for the injured who remained traped in cars. Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the accident, they will look for speed, signals, track and human error. The locomotive had a mounted camera facing forward, it’s footage will be reviewed.
“We are setting up a multi-disciplinary investigation to try and understand the factors that led to this accident,” NTSB memberm, Robert Sumwalt, declared on Wednesday at a news conference in Philadelphia.
According to Amtrak, the train which derailed in the city’s northeast zone, carried about 238 passengers and 5 crew members. The service is suspended between NY and Philly, sending travelers to other ways to traverse the East Coast.
Amtrak’s most fatal accident was registered in 1993, when 47 passengers lost their lives and 103 were injured, as rail cars fell of a bridge into water near Mobile, Alabama. This is the ninth incident this year, nine derailments were registered in the first two months of 2015, though none was fatal.
A transportation consultant, ex- US deputy transportation secretary and Amtrak board member, declared that investigators will examine the track’s config and condition very carefuly, describing the curve near the accident took place as “very sharp”
Michelle Premaza, 33, who lives a quarter-mile away, said she was in her house when she saw and heard the crash.“I seen a big flash and heard rolling thunder,” Premaza said. “It was crazy.” Victims were taken to several hospitals.
Hahnemann University Hospital admitted seven patients, one in serious condition, said Gianna DeMedio, a spokeswoman. They suffered varying levels of injuries, mostly burns and fractures.
Two patients were in critical-but-stable condition at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, according to spokesman Steve Graff. Ten remained at Aria Health’s Torresdale campus, a trauma center, spokeswoman Maria Cerceo Slade said. The event that injured them was sudden and violent.
.People used mobile phones to light their way out and climbed onto seats to exit through the windows, Davidz said. “I came out of it with one shoe and my phone, and I feel lucky,” she said.