Fatal Amtrak Train Accident in Philadelphia Injures Hundreds, Claims Lives of At Least 8 Confirmed Passengers

by | May 14th, 2015

The Amtrak Train accident (Amtrak 188) derailed in Northeast Philadelphia around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12, sending all seven of the train’s cars off the track. The Northeast Corridor commuter train was headed to New York City from Washington, D.C., with 238 passengers and five crew members aboard.

According to philly.com, eight passengers are now confirmed dead with many passengers still being unaccounted for. Emergency responders expect the toll to rise as the accident wreckage is sorted. During the time of the reporting, eight victims remained in critical condition in Philadelphia-area hospitals and more than 200 passengers were taken to local hospitals for treatment. The train’s engineer and conductor survived the crash.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Amtrak Train 188 was traveling over 100 mph when it derailed—more than double the speed limit for Frankford Junction, the area of track where the crash occurred.

NTSB board member Robert Sumwalt stated that the agency would be focusing its investigation on a variety of factors, such as the speed of the train, track condition, potential mechanical defects, and whether or not crew member actions may have led to the crash.

This incident is the deadliest crash on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor since 16 people died in a Baltimore train collision in 1987.

The Transportation Disaster Lawyers and staff at Nurenberg, Paris extend their deepest condolences to the families who have lost loved ones in this senseless calamity and we extend our wishes for a speedy and full recovery to those passengers who survived.