The black box has been recovered from the Amtrak train which derailed Tuesday
night in Philadelphia that killed at least six people and injured over
The train was bound for New York and jumped the tracks around 9:30 pm Tuesday
night, leaving most of the 238 passengers hurt and the cars crushed. “It
is an absolute disastrous mess,” remarked Philadelphia mayor Michael
A. Nutter. “Never seen anything like this in my life.”
Herbert Cushing, the chief medical officer at Temple University Hospital
in Philadelphia where 54 patients from the wreck were admitted, reported
that most of the patients suffered fractures from being tossed around
the train. Eight people remain in critical condition and others are still
in the hospital. Cushing noted, “There were lots of people from
all around the world” who were harmed—including some from
Albania, India, and Spain.
The engine which was pulling the train broke off from the passenger cars
and went rumbling through a patch of dirt before coming to a stop diagonally
across other sets of tracks. Emergency workers moved hurriedly to help
passengers get of the train and on Wednesday, a large crane began trying
to lift the damaged cars.
The crash is one of the most horrific in recent memory. Philadelphia fire
commissioner, Derrick J.V. Sawyer said of the overturned cars, “They’re
in horrible shape. There’s a bunch of debris down there, sharp objects.
It’s a dangerous situation for responders, even more dangerous for
the riders out there.”
The cause of the accident is still unknown and the wreck cut off the Northeast
Corridor train line, one of the nation’s busiest routes.
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