Surveillance Video Shows Amtrak Train’s Derailment
A video surveillance camera captured the moment right before an Amtrak train crashed in Philadelphia.
PHILADELPHIA – A video surveillance camera caught the derailment of an Amtrak train, which left seven people dead and more than 200 individuals injured.
The grainy, dark video footage shows the flashes of the actual accident, CNN reports.
The train was on its way from Washington to New York with 238 passengers and five crew members listed aboard at the time of the crash, Boston Herald reports.
The train flew off the tracks at a curve not far from the scene of one of the nation’s deadliest train wrecks more than 70 years ago.
The Federal Railroad Administration noted that the speed limit is 70 mph just before the curve and 50 mph along the curve itself.
Investigators are currently looking into the cause of the derailment and plan to review footage from a video camera that was at the front end of the train for more insight on the incident.
Forty-eight-year-old Jim Gaines, an Associated Press video software architect, and a U.S. Naval Academy midshipman, whose name was not immediately released, were among the casualties. Names of other victims have not been released.
Former Congressman Patrick Murphy was also a passenger on the train. He was not hurt and was able to assist other injured passengers, The Statesman reports.
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