A New York City-bound ten-car Amtrak train out of Washington DC derailed tonight in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia. On board was former US Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA), who is assisting the injured. No fatalities are being reported at this writing. The top photo above was taken by Murphy, who estimates that the train was "traveling 60-70 mph" at the time of the crash. This is just the latest in a rash of commuter rail disasters in the northeast in recent months. I'll update this post when more is known. Philadelphia's NBC affiliate is reporting live
from the scene.
The number of fatalities now stands at six.
Labels: Amtrak, mass transit, rail travel