Train Derailment in Philadelphia: Statement Released by DOT

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A statement has been released from the U.S. Department Transporation (DOT) regarding the deadly train derailment in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx stated, “A tragic accident occurred tonight.” He urges the public to stay out of the way to allow first responders and police officers to assist those wounded in the train derailment. DOT authorities are currently onsite of the accident to investigate the cause.

As of right now, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) stated that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has the lead on the investigation. According to them, the train derailment seems to be only an accident, no evidence of foul play has been discovered.

The accident happened near Frankford Junction at around 9:00 p.m. Tuesday night. The Amtrak train was en route to New York City from Washington, D.C.

The train wqas carrying 243 on board, including five crew members. The derailment resulted in 140 injured and five dead on scene. One patient died early this morning after being rushed to Temple University Hospital. After failing to resuscitate the patient on arrival, they died.

By Alex Lemieux

Sources:

Federal Railroad Administration

NBC Philadelphia

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