A New York City Bound Amtrak train from Washington D.C. carrying 238 passengers derailed last night killing 5 at the scene and sending at least 150 people to various hospitals.
It was later confirmed that 1 more passenger lost their life today due to complications from the horrific crash.
The accident occurred at about 9:30pm last night in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia where rescue workers are still scrambling to clean up the mess. According to reports, the impact of the crash tore cars apart, sending seven of them flying off the tracks and leaving the engine in a mangled mess.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said, “It is an absolute, disastrous mess. I’ve never seen anything like this in my life.” The Mayor continued, “We do not know what happened here. We do not know why it happened.”
Amtrak passenger Jeremy Wladis, who was riding in the last car of the train, recounted the horrifying moment when the train derailed saying, “There were women launched up in the luggage rack. I don’t even know how they got there.” Another passenger, nurse Joan Elfman, recounted the moments following the derailment saying, “I saw so many head injuries and bloody faces. There were a lot of fractures – arms, shoulders, all kinds of fractures..”
As of now, there is apparently no indication of what caused the deadly crash.
It has been confirmed that among the diseased was a midshipman from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
Our hearts and prayers go out to all those affected by the fatal Amtrak crash.