Amtrak CEO: Railroad takes full responsibility for crash

Written by The Associated Press | May 15, 2015 7:27 AM

Photo by AP Photo/Mel Evans

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, left, and Governor Tom Wolf, right, listen as Amtrak CEO, Joseph Boardman expresses his sorrow near the site of the deadly train derailment Thursday in Philadelphia.

(Philadelphia) -- Amtrak's top official says the railroad takes full responsibility for the deadly derailment in Philadelphia and apologizes for its role in the tragedy.

President and CEO Joseph Boardman made the comments on Amtrak's official blog.

He says the entire Amtrak family offers its sympathies and prayers to the families and the communities that were affected by Tuesday's wreck.

He says Amtrak is working with passengers and affected employees to help them with transportation, lodging, medical bills and funeral expenses.

Boardman says Amtrak is also focused on the service disruption along the Northeast Corridor.

He vows the railroad will learn from the crash and how to prevent a similar tragedy from happening again and says the safety of passengers and employees is Amtrak's No. 1 priority.

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