At least six people were killed and over 200 were injured when an Amtrak train carrying 243 people from Washington D.C. to New York City derailed in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Officials have not accounted for everyone on board yet, however.
“We were on the turn. It felt very normal. And then suddenly we were crashing over on the side and there was blackness,” surviving passenger Beth Davidz of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, told reporters.
At least two passengers aboard the train that derailed in Philadelphia posted images and videos on social media from inside in the aftermath of the crash.
Investigators have recovered the “black box,” and have taken it to Amtrak’s operations center in Delaware to download information like the train’s speed, images from a video camera on the engine and a log of when the train’s operator used tools like the brake, throttle and horn.
President Obama issued the following statement:
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of those we lost last night, and to the many passengers who today begin their long road to recovery,” Mr. Obama said in the statement. “Along the Northeast Corridor, Amtrak is a way of life for many. From Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia to New York City and Boston, this is a tragedy that touches us all.”
Source: NY Times