Amtrak Train Crashes in Philadelphia, Killing Six, Injuring Hundreds
Just when it didn’t seem like it could get any worse on America’s railroads, a disaster has occurred that has eclipsed all others this year.
An Amtrak train derailed and crashed in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, killing six people and critically injuring another eight.
CNN reported on the death of a sixth person at Temple University Hospital on Wednesday morning. Eight passengers remain in critical condition at Temple, the closest trauma center to the crash site. A further 146 injured people were sent to various hospitals.
Many of the passengers on the train were injured when other passengers and objects flew into them, a hospital official said. Crew members were also reported to be injured.
Temple University Hospital medical director Herb Cushing told CNN Wednesday morning that 25 passengers were still being treated for injuries at Temple.
My heart goes out to the families who have lost loved ones and to the injured. There are many questions that occur to me as a railroad accident attorney in the wake of this terrible tragedy. However, the cause of this crash remains unclear as yet. What is not in dispute is its scale.
“It is an absolute, disastrous mess,” Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said of the crash site. “I’ve never seen anything like this in my life.”
Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 was en route from Washington to New York when it derailed in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to report.
The impact of the crash ripped cars apart, sending seven of them flying from the tracks, and left the engine wrecked.
A U.S. Department of Transportation representative told CNN the engine and seven cars derailed. Two cars were left standing upright, three cars were tipped on their sides, and one was “nearly flipped over on its roof.”
The Amtrak train was on one of the busiest passenger lines in the country, and the train was carrying 238 passengers and five crew members.
The Amtrak crash comes in the wake of two Metro-North tragedies in the New York area. In December, 2013, a Metro-North train crashed in the Bronx in New York, with the loss of four lives. The driver in that tragedy had fallen asleep leading the train to derail, according to reports.
In February, 2015, six people died when a Metro-North train derailed after it hit an SUV on a grade crossing on the outskirts of New York. Derailments followed after crossing accidents in California and North Carolina, this year.
There is no suggestion that a crossing accident was involved in the Philadelphia crash, making it more comparable to the Metro-North crash in the Bronx. If you have been injured in this terrible crash or if you have lost a loved one, contact our railroad injury attorneys at 757.455.0077 or toll free at 866.455.6657.