May 13, 2015 12:07 am -


An Amtrak train with 238 passengers and at least 5 crew members derailed and rolled on its side in Philadelphia Tuesday night.

The tragedy forced Amtrak to shut down all service between New York City and Philadelphia.

“It is an absolute disastrous mess,” Mayor Michael Nutter said late Tuesday night. “Never seen anything like it in my life.”

Philadelphia police said about 100 people were taken to hospitals, but their conditions were not available.

Nutter said six of those injured were critical.

The train appeared to go off the tracks, Paul Cheung, an Associated Press employee, said. Cheung said he was fortunate to be at the back of the train, and that the front of it “looks pretty bad.” Cheung said he saw “some people mangled up.”

Former U.S. representative Patrick Murphy tweeted that he was on the train, that he was OK, but that others were hurt. “Helping others. Pray for those injured,” Murphy tweeted.



D.B. Hirsch
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3 responses to At Least 5 Dead, 50 Hurt In Amtrak Crash

  1. whatthe46 May 13th, 2015 at 12:32 am

    i hope all survive, sending my prayers. i was on an amtrak about 23 yrs ago, from LA to NO and in texas the train hit a van trying to beat it across the tracks, don’t remember about the van passengers condition, but we were lucky that the train didn’t go off the tracks. it was a frightening experience.

  2. rg9rts May 13th, 2015 at 1:15 am

    Time to invest in our infra structure….fat chance

    • Sy Colepath May 13th, 2015 at 4:19 am

      Tragedies like this rarely affect the upper crust, so, yes, little chance of that happening.