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

Derailed Amtrak passenger train accident leaves five dead.


Josh Katzowitz

Internet Culture

Posted on May 13, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 8:37 pm CDT

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.

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

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*First Published: May 13, 2015, 12:37 am CDT