Amtrak Train Derailment in Philly Kills 5, Injures Dozens

By Paul Riegler on 13 May 2015
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Passengers at Penn Station in New York earlier in the year

Passengers at Penn Station earlier in the year

An Amtrak train en route from Washington, D.C. to Pennsylvania Station in New York derailed in Philadelphia, killing at least five people.

The accident, which took place around 9:30 p.m., has shut down train service in the Northeast region, according to the railroad.  The train was identified as Northeast Regional Train 188 and also had five crew members on board.

Authorities confirmed that 49 people, including six in critical condition, were taken to area hospitals.

The cause of the crash, which took place at Frankford Avenue and Wheatsheaf Lane, was not immediately known.

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