8 dead, more than 200 injured in Philadelphia Amtrak train derailment

Eight are confirmed dead after an Amtrak regional passenger train derailed in Philadelphia on Tuesday night. The Philadelphia fire department has confirmed 200 people were injured in the accident.

According to WPVI in Philadelphia, between eight and 10 cars derailed about 9:30pm ET, and about 200 people were on board headed for New York from Washington.

Patrick Murphy—a former congressman from Pennsylvania—tweeted that he was on the train at the time of the derailment.

He also posted the following photo of a fireman on the train.

More from the Inquirer:

Train 188, bound to New York City from Washington, had stopped at 30th Street Station just minutes before the accident, which occurred near a curve near Wheatsheaf Avenue and I-95.

Initial reports indicated the train derailed as it was entering the curve … There were no immediate reports of fatalities in the accident.

Here are some images from the scene.

Update 10:49pm CT, May 12: Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter says five people have died. “It’s an absolute disastrous mess. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life,” he said.

Update 9:31am CT, May 13: The crash has claimed another victim, a Temple University Hospital doctor, CNN reports, raising the number of dead to six. Medical professionals have treated at least 150 people, two of whom have been released.

Update 6:21pm CT, May 26: This post has been updated to reflect the final death toll of the accident.

Editor’s note: This post has been updated to provide additional clarity and context.

Photo via Patrick J. Murphy/Twitter

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz

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