Date
28 March 2017
Rescue workers climb into the wreckage of a crashed Amtrak train in Philadelphia. Photo: Reuters
Rescue workers climb into the wreckage of a crashed Amtrak train in Philadelphia. Photo: Reuters

5 killed, 50 injured as NY-bound train derails

An Amtrak passenger train with more than 200 passengers on board derailed in north Philadelphia, killing at least five people and injuring more than 50 others, several of them critically, Reuters reported.

Authorities said they had no idea what caused the train wreck on Tuesday night, which left some demolished rail cars strewn upside down and on their sides in the city’s Port Richmond neighborhood.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter confirmed at a news conference that at least five people were killed in the accident.

Fire officials said more than 50 others were taken to area hospitals, six of them critically injured.

Amtrak said there were 238 passengers and five crew members aboard the derailed No. 188 train en route from Washington to New York.

The rail line provided no other details. It said Amtrak service along the whole northeast train corridor between New York and Philadelphia had been suspended.

CNN quoted the Federal Bureau of Investigation as saying there was no indication that terrorism may have been a factor in the derailment. The weather was fair at the time of the crash.

“We do not know what happened here. We do not know why this happened,” Nutter told reporters.

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