5 Dead, 50 Injured After Amtrak Train Derails, Rolls on Side in Philadelphia

At least five people are dead after an Amtrak train derailed in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia.

"It is an absolute disastrous mess. Never seen anything like this in my life," Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said during a press conference late Tuesday night along with Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey.

There were approximately 238 passengers and 5 crew members on board when the train derailed around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The fire department says 53 people, 6 critical, were transported to local hospitals.

15 SEPTA buses were sent to aid victims.

The victims are being taken to Temple University Hospital, Area Health Torresdale, Hahnemann University Hospital, and Einstein Medical Center.

"The trains, 7 cars including the engine are in various stages of disarray, turned over, upside down, on their side. We are still investigating what's going on," Nutter said

Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer is calling this level 3 mass casualty incident.

"I've never seen anything so devastating. They are in pretty bad shape. They have completely derailed from the track," Sawyer said.

33 fire apparatus, 122 personnel, and 18 medic units were brought on scene.

All Amtrak service has been canceled for the rest of the night between Philadelphia and New York.

SEPTA says a number of its route will be affected due to the derailment. The latest information can be found on SEPTA.org.

"Basically the train tilted over and rolled," one passenger told Action News.

An Associated Press employee, Paul Cheung, was on the train and said it appeared it went off the tracks. He said he was fortunate to be at the back of the train and the front of it "looks pretty bad." He said he saw "some people mangled up."

Police swarming around the crash site told people to get back, away from the train. They pleaded with curious onlookers: "Do NOT go to scene of derailment. Please allow 1st responders room to work."

Roads all around the crash site were blocked off. Waves of firefighters continuing toward the train cars, taking people out.

Several injured people, including one man complaining of neck pain, were rolled away on stretchers. Others wobbled while walking away. An elderly woman was given oxygen.

Former Congressman Patrick Murphy was on the train and said he helped people. He tweeted photos of firefighters helping people in the wreckage.

"It was obviously a lot of mayhem People were pretty banged up, a lot of blood, a lot of bleeding," Murphy said on Action News at 11.

Webster Elementary School is being opened at 3400 Frankford Avenue for many of the passengers.

The cause of the crash was unknown. Amtrak said it was aware of the derailment and would provide updates later. The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday night it was gathering information about the derailment.

 

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