Yesterday evening, a train accident occurred in Philadelphia that resulted in 200+ patients needing medical attention. The death toll has also been raised to seven with two of the dead being identified as a Navy midshipman who was on leave and an Associated Press video software architect. Of the seven passengers killed in the accident, four were found inside the train, two were found outside, and one died at the hospital.
The Mayor of Philadelphia, Michael Nutter, has declined to state how many passengers were unaccounted for as officials have not yet matched the official manifest against the list of people admitted to local hospitals. Samantha Phillips, director of Emergency Management for the city, has requested that anyone who was able to walk away to the crash call Amtrak. "We have made really good progress in accounting for the majority of individuals, but we still have folks we would like to hear from," she stated.
It has also been reported to NBC News that the train was traveling faster than 100 mph. This latest news came from two sources who were close to the investigation; they stated that number was gathered from the train’s data recorder which has since been recovered. Earlier, we reported that law enforcement was looking into speed as a potential factor as the accident occurred where the speed limit drops from 70 to 50 mph.
The recovered data recorder will be analyzed at an official Amtrak facility. Currently, investigators are looking at a wide range of factors that may have been involved including conditions of the track, signals, mechanical problems, and human performance. Train service between New York and Philadelphia has been suspended.
Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania has since ordered flags throughout the state to fly at half-staff.