Last night, an Amtrak train headed to New York City from Philadelphia crashed after a derailment. The site itself is known as the Frankford Junction and it was also the site of one of the country’s deadliest train accidents back in 1943. Details continue to pour in about the crash but as of now six people have been confirmed dead and over 200 were injured after the fatal crash.
The train left Washington DC with 238 passengers and five crew members aboard and derailed sometime around 9:30 last night near Port Richmond in Philadelphia. Hospitals in the area have treated the injured and at least half have already been released, while eight continue to be in critical condition. Reports state that many of the passengers were injured due to falling objects during the crash.
Mayor of Philadelphia, Michael Nutter stated that the Conductor of the train has been cleared by medical professionals and will be talking to investigators soon.
According to the Federal Railroad Administration, this is the ninth derailment Amtrak has had this year alone and the White House has announced that they are doing everything they can to figure out what caused the crash. Amtrak services between Philadelphia and New York City remain suspended. Anyone looking for information on a loved one that was aboard, should call 1-800-523-9101.