UPDATE 1:25 p.m. – The Federal Railroad Administration says Amtrak inspected tracks in Philadelphia just hours before a deadly derailment and found no defects.
The agency says the speed limit on the track just before the accident site is 70 mph, and 50 mph for the curve near where the train came to a rest.
The New York-bound train derailed in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, killing at least seven people and injuring 200 others.
Federal authorities will look at a variety of evidence as they try to pinpoint the cause. A former head of railroad accident investigations at the National Transportation Safety Board, Bob Chipkevich, says they’ll focus on the train’s event data recorder, video recordings and the condition of the rails, rail ties and train cars.
PHILADELPHIA (AP and WLNS) – Philadelphia’s mayor says the train equivalent of a black box has been recovered from the wreckage of the crash that killed at least six people and sent more than 200 others to the hospital.
Train 188 was traveling from Washington, D.C., to New York City on Tuesday night when it derailed in the Port Richmond neighborhood. Amtrak says the train was carrying about 238 passengers and five crew members.
Several people were seen being taken out of the train on stretchers. Others were able to walk on their own.
An Associated Press manager who was on the train says he was watching Netflix when the train started to decelerate, like someone had slammed the brake. Paul Cheung says everything started to shake and people’s stuff started flying everywhere. He says it all happened “in a flash second.”
Cheung says another passenger urged them to escape from the back of his car, which he did.
He saw passengers trying to escape through the windows of cars tipped on their side. Cheng said the front of the train was mangled. He described it “like a pile of metal.”
Former Congressman Patrick Murphy was on the train and says he has been helping people. He has been tweeting photos of firefighters helping people in the wreckage.
The cause is under investigation.
Twitter post from Former Congressman Patrick Murphy, a passenger on train:
Video from passenger on train:
Tweet from Amtrak: