World Bulletin / News Desk
An Amtrak passenger train with more than 200 passengers on board derailed in north Philadelphia on Tuesday night, killing at least five people and injuring scores of others, several of them critically, authorities said.
Authorities said they had no idea what caused the train wreck at about 9:30 p.m. local time that left some rail cars mangled, ripped open and strewn upside down and on their sides in the city's Port Richmond neighborhood along the Delaware River.
Survivors described scenes of horror and chaos as passengers and luggage were tossed about careening train carriages.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter told a news conference that at least five people were killed in the accident. He later said 65 others were taken to area hospitals, six of them critically injured.
Philadelphia-area hospitals and health systems collectively reported taking in 135 patients from the wreck.
"It's an absolute disastrous mess," Nutter said. "I've never seen anything like this in my life."
Amtrak said there were 238 passengers and five crew members aboard the derailed No. 188 train on route from Washington, D.C., to New York. Seven cars, including the engine, left the tracks, according to the mayor.
"I cannot say everyone is accounted for at this time," he said, briefing reporters again well past midnight.
The national government-backed passenger rail line provided no other details about the circumstances of the accident. It said Amtrak service along its busy Northeast corridor between New York and Philadelphia had been suspended. Nutter later said he doubted the service could be restored through Philadelphia this week.
CNN quoted the Federal Bureau of Investigation as saying there was no indication that terrorism may have been a factor in the derailment. Three law enforcement officials contacted by Reuters also said they have not encountered anything suspicious. The weather was fair at the time of the crash.
"We do not know what happened here. We do not know why this happened," Nutter told reporters. "There's no information about that." He later told CNN there was no indication that the train derailed due to a collision with another train.
He also said the train derailed on a curved stretch of track, adding: "We have no idea what kind of speed we're talking about."
Television footage broadcast on MSNBC showed dozens of emergency workers scrambling around the wreckage with flashlights, with train cars strewn about in a zig-zag pattern. Photos from the scene showed emergency personnel loading injured people onto stretchers and backboards.Last Mod: 13 Mayıs 2015, 10:16