Michael Nutter, the Mayor of Philadelphia, held a briefing concerning the Amtrak derailment Tuesday. The last body has been recovered from the Amtrak wreckage. All 243 people on Amtrak train number 188 are accounted for and have been recovered and identified as of this morning. There is now a confirmed eight deceased from the Amtrak crash Tuesday.
There is still an information collecting investigation. It is not known if it will become a criminal investigation at this point. The Amtrak engineer was injured and has been released from the hospital. However, he does not want to be interviewed by the police or the media. According to his attorney, he does not even remember the crash.
The Mayor commended how well the emergency response teams have worked together. The Mayor and the city are supporting Amtrak, and the families of the injured and deceased passengers.
Amtrak is still removing the wreckage and repairing the extensive damage from the crash. No information on the deceased have been released, families have to first be notified. The Mayor will not release that type of information.
Amtrak has promised to implement a specific change, installing positive train control. It was put into law to install positive train control in December. However, many things have to be completed and put into place first, and that work is almost finished. Amtrak has a leadership role in the U.S. It will be the first train to have positive train controls in the U.S.
The Mayor does not apologize for being expressive when he learned that the train was doing 106 mph on a 50 mph ‘S’ curve. The engineer was injured, but has been released from the hospital. He did not want to be interviewed and is claiming that he cannot remember the crash. Many passengers still remain in the hospital.
By Jeanette Smith
NBC: Philadelphia Amtrak Crash
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