Last night, Amtrak Northeast Regional train 188 derailed in Philadelphia, killing 6 and injuring hundreds. The train, operating from Washington to New York, overturned and crashed at approximately 9:45 p.m. It was carrying 238 passengers and a crew of 5 at the time of the accident.
Emergency crews worked thru the night to rescue passengers from the wreck. Firefighters needed hydraulic tools to cut the twisted steel and free trapped passengers and crew members. 6 cars in the train derailed, one of which struck a steel utility pole.
The accident occurred near Frankford Ave in northeast Philadelphia while rounding a sharp curve. This area was also the scene of a 1943 train accident in which 79 people were killed. The 1943 accident was caused by equipment failure.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Railroad Administration are investigating yesterday’s accident. The cause of the accident has not yet been determined. The location of the accident is in a reduced speed area.
Service on New Jersey Transit and Amtrak lines in the area will be disrupted for the rest of this week. Crews remained on the scene Wednesday, removing debris and looking for missing passengers. Amtrak has established an emergency hotline (800-523-9101) for relatives of injured passengers. Amtrak Employee Assistance Program counselors are available to help employees.
Attorney Robert Naumes has over 35 years experience representing the victims of train related accidents. If you are looking for a law firm to provide you and your family with personalized legal representation call the Naumes Law Group toll free at 844-826-8445.