By: Allan M. Siegel
Last evening - Tuesday May 12
th - an Amtrak train traveling from Washington, DC to New York derailed and
overturned in northeast Philadelphia. At the time of the incident, Train
188 was carrying over 240 passengers. Tragically, several passengers have
been pronounced dead and dozens more have suffered injuries.
Here is what is known about the Amtrak crash so far:
- 7 people have been killed and more than 200 people were transported to
hospitals for evaluation and treatment. Several passengers were critically injured.
- As of Wednesday morning, not all passengers have been accounted for, and
local officials suspect the death toll may rise.
- When the incident occurred shortly after 9:00 p.m. Tuesday evening, Train
188 was carrying 238 passengers and 5 crew members.
- According to the Federal Railroad Administration, the derailment was Amtrak’s
ninth so far this year.
- All seven train railcars were completely overturned, on their side, or
significantly damaged, and many passengers were forced to escape the wreckage
through windows of the backs of railcars. The Mayor of Philadelphia has
referred to the incident as an “absolute, disastrous mess.”
Federal officials from various agencies - including the National Transportation
Safety Board - are currently investigating the cause of the accident.
Although no definitive cause has been identified, experts have speculated
that aging infrastructure may have played a role.
The accident occurred near Philadelphia’s Port Richmond neighborhood
on the Northeast Corridor - a stretch of track that reaches from Washington
to Boston. It is one of the most heavily used sections of passenger rail
in the country and was the scene of one of the nation’s deadliest
train accidents - a 1943 derailment that killed 79 people.
Our legal team is deeply troubled by the scope of the Amtrak accident,
and we extend our full support to victims and families who were affected
by this tragedy. Throughout the years, our firm has worked with many victims
and families whose lives were changed by train accidents, including incidents involving
You can learn more about
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