Death Toll Reaches Eight in Tuesday Amtrak Derailment

NTSB Recorder Specialist Cassandra Johnson works with officials on the scene of the Amtrak Train 188 Derailment in Philadelphia. (NTSB photo)
NTSB Recorder Specialist Cassandra Johnson works with officials on the scene of the Amtrak Train 188 Derailment in Philadelphia. (NTSB photo)

The death toll from Tuesday’s Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia reached eight. Dozens more remain hospitalized.

Investigators believe the train was traveling at more than 100 mph at the time of the wreck. The speed limit on the curve where the train derailed was 50 mph.

All 243 people on board the train have been accounted for.

Investigators are planning to interview the engineer. According to his attorney, the engineer has no recollection of the crash or the events leading up to the derailment, various media have reported.

“With truly heavy hearts, we mourn those who died,” Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman wrote in a blog post. “Their loss leaves holes in the lives of their families and communities.

“On behalf of the entire Amtrak family, I offer our sincere sympathies and prayers for them and their loved ones,” Boardman added. “Amtrak takes full responsibility and deeply apologizes for our role in this tragic event.”

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