At least six people were killed and over 140 people hurt after an Amtrak train, carrying 238 passengers and five crew members, derailed and rolled onto its side in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia Tuesday night, according to officials.
The death toll from the crash rose to six Wednesday morning when Temple University Hospital officials confirmed one patient had died of their injuries overnight. Eight patients remain in critical condition at Temple, and 25 have been released, chief medical officer Dr. Herbert Cushing said at a briefing.
All seven cars of Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 derailed and came off the tracks near Frankford Junction on the 2000 block of Wheatsheaf Lane shortly after 9 p.m., officials said. The train was heading to New York from Washington, D.C., and had six passenger cars as well as an engine.
Amtrak has announced a special hotline for family and friends seeking to find loved ones who may have been on the derailed passenger train in the Frankford section of Philadelphia. Anyone with questions about a passenger on Train 188 should call Amtrak’s emergency hotline 1-800-523-9101. Samantha Philips, director of Philadelphia’s Emergency Management Office, says the city is working with Amtrak and area hospitals to provide updates on the whereabouts and conditions of the passengers on board the derailed train.