Five people dead and six badly injured, 43 other people were hospitalize. The toll could get worse. Michael Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia, gave the news; he spoke about the incident in a press conference, and he described it as “absolutely devastating, something never seen before”. In addition, some passengers may still be trapped in metal sheets.
120 firefighter and 200 police officers are leading rescue operations, but the cause of the derailment is still uncertain. Nutter described the scene, he reported that the engine detached completely from the train and one wagon was perpendicular to the train itself.
The train – property of Amtrack society – was driving 238 passengers and 5 people of the crew. Onboard there was the former Pennsylvanian parliamentarian, Patrick Murphy; he commented on Twitter saying he heard a loud bang and then the train started swinging. “There was a lot of blood and although the person I fell on was good, the one by him was unconscious,” he declared in an interview to WPVI.
Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa