Such sad news. 7 people were left dead, and dozens injured, after a horrific train crash in Philadelphia on May 11, during which seven cars derailed.
A tragic train accident killed seven people in Philadelphia on May 11, and left more than 100 injured. The Amtrak train, which was carrying more than 200 passengers traveling from Washington D.C. to New York City, derailed en-route around 9:30 p.m., leaving a horrifying aftermath at the scene.
Amtrak Train Crash: 7 Dead, Dozens Injured In Horrific Derailment
The scene in Philly was an absolute disaster after the crash, according to mayor Michael Nutter.
“I have never seen anything like it in my life,” he somberly admitted. Passengers on the train recall that they were going into a turn, when the cars began to shake. Seven cars derailed, with six being overturned completely and one split in half. The engine completely separated from the rest of the train.
“I’ve never seen anything so devastating,” Philadelphia Fire Department Deputy Commissioner Jesse Wilson said. “They’re in pretty bad shape. You can see that they’re completely, completely derailed from the track. They’ve been destroyed completely. The aluminum shell has been destroyed and they’ve been overturned completely.”
Amtrak Train Crash: What Caused The Deadly Accident?
As of now, Nutter says it’s unknown what caused the tragic accident.
“We have no idea what kind of speed there we’re talking about,” he said, adding, “Or what else happened out there. And I’m not going to speculate on that.”
Amtrak service through Philadelphia is expected to be shut down for the rest of the week. “It’s completely wiped out down there,” Nutter explained.
Our thoughts are with all involved in the crash, and the families who lost loved ones in this tragedy.
— Alyssa Norwin