A short time ago, a New York-bound Amtrak train carrying approximately 240 passengers derailed outside of Philadelphia. Details are sketchy at this time, but multiple injuries are being reported. Rescuers are on the scene. Updates will be added as they become available.
Tue May 12, 2015 at 7:15 PM PT: Officials say that somewhere between eight and 10 cars derailed.
Tue May 12, 2015 at 7:19 PM PT: From NBC Washington:
At least 50 people were hurt after an Amtrak train derailed in the Frankford section of Philadelphia Tuesday night, according to officials.
Tue May 12, 2015 at 7:35 PM PT: There still isn't a lot of information coming out, but based on the image linked here, this was a pretty horrific accident.
Tue May 12, 2015 at 7:45 PM PT: According to Daily Kos member tazz, this is "not outside Philadelphia, it's right smack dab in the middle. It's Port Richmond section or some people call it Frankford ..."
Tue May 12, 2015 at 8:31 PM PT:
Amtrak hotline for family and friends of passengers on NYC-bound train No. 188 that derailed in Philly tonight: 1-800-523-9101
Tue May 12, 2015 at 8:43 PM PT: Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter holding a press conference. Confirms at least five deaths.
Tue May 12, 2015 at 8:49 PM PT: Mayor Michael Nutter says that at this time they don't know what caused the train to derail and that they would not speculate on what happened, but that the scene "is an absolute disastrous mess."
Tue May 12, 2015 at 9:41 PM PT: Officials say that all indications suggest this was an accident, not sabotage or terrorism. That said, no word on what caused the accident.
4:41 AM PT: Overnight, a sixth person died in the hospital and six remain in critical condition. Officials say that not all passengers have been accounted for. Early suggestions are that excessive speed may have played a role in the derailment.
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10:09 AM PT: Latest news:
Investigators of Tuesday's deadly Amtrak derailment say they are focusing on reports that the train was traveling more than twice the 50-mile-an-hour speed limit when it entered a sharp curve in Frankford. [...]
The train's engineer, who has not been identified, declined to give a statement to police investigators and left the East Detectives Division with an attorney, police commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said Wednesday.