Overnight saw a tragic Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia. There are currently 7 confirmed deaths, with some passengers still unaccounted for, along with 200 reported injuries. Amtrak Northeast Regional train #188 was a heavily traveled commuter train that went from Washington, D.C. to New York. This is one of the nations busiest train corridors; the train was reported to have had 238 passengers and 5 Amtrak crew members aboard. Amtrak has set up a hotline for those on the train and/or loved ones to call 1-800-523-9101.
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (“NTSB”) have been on the scene, and much like an airplane crash investigations, one of the first things that is looked at is the trains’ black box. The black box will provide a great deal of data relating to how fast the train was going and play a key role in helping investigators determine what went wrong. Initial reports from the NTSB show that the Amtrak train was traveling at over 100mph around a curve where the speed limit for trains was 50mph. Raw surveillance video of the Amtrak train derailment, seen below, has led investigators to make the speed determination, but this is only a preliminary finding.
The NTSB has released a video of the devastating crash scene, which shows train cars turned over and thrown from the tracks.
Investigators are looking closely at the Amtrak train conductor to determine if this terrible train accident was caused by human error or some other factor. Train accidents, especially major derailments like this Amtrak accident, take a lot of time to investigate, because of the multitude of evidence needed to be gathered – like a huge puzzle that needs to be put back together to determine who is liable for this tragedy. The best thing you can do if you are involved in this Amtrak train accident, or any other train accident, is contact KaplunMarx the Philadelphia Train Accident Lawyers to represent your best interests.