News Update!!: Philadelphia, PA: Latest information regarding Amtrak passenger train derailment and crash.
ZachNews has the latest information regarding Amtrak passenger train derailment and crash that happened on Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
** As of 8:54am PT on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015: **
A preliminary report released today by federal investigators found no anomalies with the braking system of the Amtrak passenger train or the signals and track at the site of the Amtrak passenger train derailment and crash that happened on Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania which killed 8 passengers and injured 200 other passengers and crew members.
The National Transportation Safety Board previously noted the Amtrak passenger train had been traveling at 106 mph before the emergency brake system engaged, and data from the Amtrak passenger train’s event recorder indicated that the engineer activated the emergency brakes seconds before the derailment.
** As of 3:00pm PT on Friday, May 15th, 2015: **
– The Federal Bureau of Investigation is joining the investigation into the Amtrak passenger train derailment and crash.
– Investigators and authorities are looking into a large dent on the side of a Amtrak passenger train car and reports that rocks were thrown at passing Amtrak passenger trains days before have a connection to the Amtrak passenger train derailing and later crashing.
– Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board have reportedly talked with the Amtrak passenger train engineer identified as 32 year old engineer Brandon Bostian.
** As of 9:00pm PT on Thursday, May 14th, 2015: **
At least 8 people have been confirmed dead and at least 200 people are injured.
Amoung the people who lost their lives in the Amtrak passenger train derailment and crash includes a US Naval Academy midshipman and an Associated Press employee.
According to Amtrak Officials, Amtrak passenger train, a Northeast Regional carrying at least 238 passengers and at least 5 crew members, left Washington, District of Columbia and was headed to New York City, New York when it derailed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania shortly after 9:00pm ET on Tuesday, May 12th, 2015.
Authorites are sayinf that all of the people on the Amtrak passenger train have been accounted for.
Over 200 people went to hospitals to be evaluated or treated for injuries that included burns and fractures.
Survivors recalled a terrifying wreck that plunged them into darkness and chaos with some of the passengers having to scramble through the windows of toppled cars to escape.
A passenger train car of the 7 passenger train cars was completely mangled.
The Amtrak passenger train derailment and crash closed the rail corridor between New York City, New York and Washington, District of Columbia for for federal investigators, clean up, and repairs of the railroad tracks.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Railroad Administration have been dispatched to the derailment and crash site.
The black box has been recovered from the Amtrak passenger train late Tuesday night.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the Amtrak passenger train was traveling 106 mph in 50 mph zone limit along this portion of the railroad line, and the emergency break was activated.
The Amtrak passenger train engineer, who name was not released, refused to give a statement to law enforcement on Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 and left a police department precinct with a lawyer, but federal accident investigators hope to interview him will give him in the next few days.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf released on Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 the following statement in response to the Amtrak passenger train derailment saying, “My thoughts and prayers are with all of those impacted by tonight’s train derailment. For those who lost their lives, those who were injured, and the families of all involved, this situation is devastating. I want to sincerely thank our first responders for their brave and quick action. I am closely monitoring the situation and I am in contact with state and local authorities.”
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