Amtrak Derailment in Philadelphia Death Toll Rises to 6

Philadelphia (AP) 

7:55 a.m.

One of the passengers on the train that derailed Tuesday night in Philadelphia says she was thrown from her seat when the car she was in turned onto its side.

Jillian Jorgensen covers politics for The New York Observer. She is 27 and lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.

She tells The Associated Press that things got "very bumpy" and she flew across the train. She says she eventually landed underneath some seats.

She says she heard people screaming and saw people trapped. She says one man was lying still in the center of the car and his face was covered in blood. She got out via an emergency exit window.

Six people are dead and dozens more injured. The train was headed from Washington to New York City.

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7:45 a.m.

Heavy equipment is being brought in at the scene of an Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia that killed at least six people.

All seven cars of Northeast Regional Train 188 ended in disarray Tuesday night, sending 144 people to hospitals. Several are in critical condition.

Temple University Hospital’s Dr. Herbert Cushing says most of the injured sustained fractures.

The derailment occurred where the tracks curve in the city’s Port Richmond section.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators will begin their investigation to determine what caused it.

The train was carrying 238 passengers and five crew members as it headed from Washington to New York City along the nation’s busiest rail corridor.

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7:30 a.m.

A sixth person has died following an Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia.

Temple University Hospital’s Dr. Herbert Cushing says a person died there overnight from a chest injury. That’s in addition to the five deaths announced by Mayor Michael Nutter on Tuesday night.

The National Transportation Safety Board expects to have full crews at the scene Wednesday morning to try to determine what happened.

The train was carrying 238 passengers and five crew members as it headed from Washington to New York City along the nation’s busiest rail corridor.

Amtrak has modified Northeast Corridor service. Trains will run between Washington and Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Philadelphia, and New York and Boston. There will be no Amtrak service between New York and Philadelphia. New Jersey Transit will honor Amtrak tickets between New York City and Trenton.

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