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Update: 6th person dies after Philadelphia Amtrak train derailment

Written by The Associated Press | May 13, 2015 6:52 AM
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Emergency personnel work the scene of a deadly train wreck Tuesday in Philadelphia.

*This story is being updated as new information becomes available*

(Philadelphia) --  Heavy equipment is being brought in at the scene of an Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia that killed at least six people.

Train 188, a Northeast Regional, had left Washington, D.C. and was headed to New York when it derailed shortly after 9:00p.m. last night.

The train was carrying 238 passengers and five crew members as it headed from Washington to New York City along the nation's busiest rail corridor.

One car is mangled, three rail cars are overturned and three others are a twisted mess. 

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announded five deaths last night and that 144 people were hospitalized.

Now comes word a sixth person died overnight. 

Temple University Hospital's Dr. Herbert Cushing says a person died there from a chest injury. 

Several are in critical condition. Cushing says most of the injured sustained fractures.

The derailment occurred where the tracks curve in the city's Port Richmond section.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators will begin their investigation to determine what caused it.

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One of the passengers on the train says she was thrown from her seat when the car she was in turned onto its side.

Jillian Jorgensen covers politics for The New York Observer. She lives in Jersey City, New Jersey.

She tells The Associated Press that things got "very bumpy'' and she flew across the train.

Jorgensen says she eventually landed underneath some seats. 

She says she heard people screaming and saw people trapped and one man was lying still in the center of the car and his face was covered in blood.

The 27-year-old got out via an emergency exit window.

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Mayor Michael Nutter, who confirmed the deaths, described the derailment scene as devatating.

"It is an absolute disastrous mess. (I've) never seen anything like this in my life and most personnel will say this as well," he says.

He says all seven train cars, including the engine, were in "various stages of disarray," and cars were "completely overturned, on their side, ripped apart.''

"Most individuals were able to walk off the train. Many were transported," Nutter says. "NTSB, the national agency, is activated and investigating."

The National Transportation Safety Board expects to have full crews at the scene this morning to try to determine what happened.

"My thoughts and prayers are with all of those impacted by tonight's train derailment. For those who lost their lives, those who were injured, and the families of all involved, this situation is devastating," Governor Tom Wolf said in a statement. "I want to sincerely thank our first responders for their brave and quick action. I am closely monitoring the situation and I am in contact with state and local authorities."

The derailment has closed a major section of the nation's busiest rail corridor and is having an impact on commuter rails.

Amtrak has had to modify Northeast Corridor service. Trains will run between Washington and Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Philadelphia, and New York and Boston. There will be no Amtrak service between New York and Philadelphia. 

New Jersey Transit will honor Amtrak tickets between New York City and Trenton.  

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A crime scene investigator looks inside a train car after a train wreck in Philadelphia.

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