Wednesday, 13 May 2015

50 injured in train accident in Philadelphia

Update - 7 people have been confirmed dead and 200 injured.

At least 50 people were hurt after an Amtrak train derailed in the Frankford section of Philadelphia Tuesday night, according to officials.

Officials say eight to ten cars derailed on the 2000 block of Wheatsheaf Lane. At least 50 people were injured though officials have not yet revealed their conditions. Many of the passengers were taken to Aria Health Frankford.

Officials say approximately 240 people in all were on board. The train was heading to New York from Washington, DC, according to officials.

In a video posted on Instagram, passengers are heard telling other victims to crawl forward.
NBC10's Keith Jones arrived at the scene shortly after 10 p.m. and said the injured passengers he saw had minor injuries.

Janelle Richards, a producer for NBC Nightly News, was a passenger on the train. According to Richards, the train was supposed to arrive in New York at 10:30 p.m. Around 9:20 p.m. Richards heard a loud crash and people flew up in the air.

Richards says there was a lot of "jerking back and forth" and "a lot of smoke." Richards also says she saw injured passengers who were bleeding.
Patrick Murphy, a former congressman from Pennsylvania's 8th District and Iraq War veteran was also on the train. Murphy says he was in the cafe car when the train "crashed."

"It wobbled at first and then went off the tracks," Murphy said. "There were some pretty banged-up people. One guy next to me was passed out. We kicked out the window in the top of the train car and helped get everyone out."

Murphy says a few of the victims were injured to the point where they couldn't move and one person needed a stretcher. He also says paramedics arrived within eight to nine minutes.
SEPTA regional rail service is suspended until further notice on the Chestnut Hill West and Trenton Regional Rail lines due to the accident.

Culled from NBC San Diego

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