• More than 200 people were treated at hospitals for injuries associated with Tuesday’s night Amtrak train crash, Philadelphia emergency management director Sam Phillips said.
• Seven members of the National Transportation Safety Board are at the derailment site in Philadelphia as of 10 a.m. Wednesday, and more are coming, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said. Investigators will look at a number of factors, including the track, the train signals, the operation of the train, the mechanical condition of the train and human performance, NTSB board member Robert Sumwalt said.
• A recorder on the train, known as the “black box,” has been recovered and is being examined, the mayor said
Fighting to save lives. Mourning the dead. And figuring out why this came to be — how an Amtrak train could suddenly derail, sending its cars and passengers flying.
That was the stark reality Wednesday morning, as relatives raced to the sides of their injured loved ones and rescue workers scoured the mangled wreckage of Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 in Pennsylvania.
The train left Washington on Tuesday with 238 passengers and five crew members aboard, heading for New York. But it never made it, derailing around 9:30 that night in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia.
The crash killed six people, one of them a U.S. Naval Academy midshipman, according to a source close to the Annapolis, Maryland, school.
Hospitals have treated more than 200 people, about half of whom have been released. That figure includes eight in critical condition among the 25 wounded passengers at Temple University Hospital — the closest trauma center to the crash site — Herb Cushing, the hospital’s medical director, said Wednesday morning.
He said many passengers were injured when other passengers or objects fell on them.
Authorities have not ruled out the possibility of more victims at the crash site.
“It is an absolute, disastrous mess,” Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said. “I’ve never seen anything like this in my life.”
The miracle may be how some escaped relatively unscathed, given the severity of the derailment, which included the train’s engine and all seven cars.
A U.S. Department of Transportation representative told CNN on Wednesday that the engine and two cars were left standing upright, three cars were tipped on their sides, and one was nearly flipped over on its roof. The seventh one was “leaning hard.”
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