• Northeast Regional 188 - Accident In Philadelphia

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  by ekt8750
 
NBC10's chopper just showed the locomotive (it's a Sprinter) and it looks it ran into the back of a freight train.
  by AlexC
 
Here is a picture from Twitter: https://twitter.com/WordlinkLIVE/status ... 3124937728" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
  by F40
 
Matt Johnson wrote:God, let that mangled Amfleet have been empty. Prayers to all involved.
Amen.
  by SemperFidelis
 
First, of course, go my prayers to the victims and all those involved in the rescue efforts.

Though not an authoritative quote, an NBC reporter who was aboard the train, Janelle Richards, said that she thought though many looked in shock and bloodied, that she saw no fatalities. That well could change, of course, but I pray she's right.

Edit: Ms. Richards is a producer for NBC News. My mistake.
  by Matt_S
 
Horrible tragedy, miraculous that nothing more than injuries has been reported so far, hopefully it will stay that way...
For those interested in the status of the locomotive:
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  by 34thStreet
 
Wow... news right now showing the scene, there are police helicopters shining spotlights. I would be amazed if people in that one Amfleet survived, it was absolutely mangled. I hope I'm wrong.

I do see freight cars nearby but the news isn't mentioning anything about them and they don't seem to be damaged.

Looks like one of the amfleets hit the catenary poles.
Last edited by 34thStreet on Tue May 12, 2015 10:15 pm, edited 1 time in total.
  by R36 Combine Coach
 
From WNBC New York: Two Philadelphia PD sources have cause as "accidental", no evidence of sabotage.
  by jmar896
 
Holy crap. That Amfleet is destroyed. Approximately 240 people were on the train, and it was over 9 cars. There is a decent chance that that car is empty or has very few people in it, but if it was the quite car there is a good chance it had many people in it. Another car seems to have contacted the overhead catenary which could of injured passengers. I am hoping the circuit was broken before the car was penetrated by the wiring.

Prayers for all on board
  by jslader
 
I live about a mile from the accident site; the Corridor runs behind my house.

My wife heard the accident as she was removing bags from her van. The engine sound a series of short toots and then she heard what sounded like dynamite to her, and rumbling.
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