Latest Update: At least six people are dead and dozens more were injured when an Amtrak train with 238 passengers and five crew members on board, derailed in Philadelphia Tuesday. Authorities have said that the number 188 Northeast Regional Train was going from Washington to New York and crashed at 9:30 p.m. 65 people were taken to local hospitals, including six who were in critical condition. Not everyone has been found that was on board, at this point. Amtrak said there will be no Northeast Corridor services between New York and Philadelphia today.
Beth Davidz was riding in the third car. She said the train felt as if it were going at its normal speed before the crash. It turned and that felt normal, but suddenly, she said, the train was crashing over on the side and everything was black, Ms. Davidz, told reporters. She sustained scratches to one side of her face and had a red bruise under her left eye. She climbed out of the car after it flipped over.
Amtrak employees were told that New Jersey Transit would cross-honor Amtrak tickets to several stations, including Trenton. Other options to Philadelphia are the Mega bus, BoltBus and some other local bus services.
People who have questions about friends and family on train 188 can call Amtrak’s Incident Hotline 800-523-9101.
By Jeanette Smith
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