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Amtrak: 7 killed, 200 hurt and Others missing in Philly Derailment

The Amtrak commuter train was en route from Washington D.C. to New York City when it derailed at 100+mph, causing six known casualties. A seventh was later found, and more are missing. Two hundred of the two hundred forty-three passengers were hospitalized. Of those, eight are critical. At the location of the derailment at Frankford Junction northeast of Center City, there was no advanced safety technology meant to prevent high-speed derailments. Mr. Sumwalt said that the train had “positive train control” technology, but the tracks did not. “We feel that had such a system been installed in this section of track, this accident would not have occurred.”

The black box record reveals that just before it crashed, the train was speeding at 106 m.p.h. The speed limit on the straightaway before the curve was 80 m.p.h.

The train’s black box has been recovered and is being analyzed. Mr. Sumwalt said, “Before the derailment, the engineer applied full emergency brake application. When the data recorder stopped working three seconds later,” he said, “the speed was 102 m.p.h.”

The family number hotline is 800-523-9101.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia, Pa. NTSB investigator Mike Flanigon is leading the team as investigator-in-charge. NTSB Board Member Robert Sumwalt is accompanying the team and will serve as the principal spokesman during the on-scene phase of the investigation. Public Affairs Officer Peter Knudson will also be on-scene in Philadelphia to coordinate media-related activities.

The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a media briefing on yesterday’s Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia Pa.

Event: Media Briefing

Date: Wednesday, May 13 at 5 p.m. ET

Location: Intersection of Wheatsheaf and Frankford near accident site in Philadelphia, Pa.

Participant: NTSB Board Member Robert L. Sumwalt