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Death toll rises to eight in Philadelphia train derailment

Written by The Associated Press | May 14, 2015 12:55 PM
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Investigators, center back, stand on the tracks near Tuesday's deadly train derailment today in Philadelphia.

(Philadelphia) -- An eighth body has been found in the wreckage of the Amtrak train that derailed Tuesday night. 

City Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer says a search dog found the body this morning in the mangled first car. 

The victim has not been identified.

Only six of the victims have been identified by authorities or friends and family.  

More than 200 people were injured. 

Philadelphia Mayor Michel Nutter says all 243 passengers and crew members have been accounted for two days after the deadly crash.

Nutter says city officials will not identify any of the victims.

Federal investigators have determined the train was going 106 mph before it derailed Tuesday along a sharp curve where the speed limit drops to 50 mph.

But they don't know why it was going so fast. 

The lawyer for the engineer of the train says his client surrendered his cellphone to authorities. 

Lawyer Robert Goggin has told ABC News Brandon Bostian immediately consented to a blood test and voluntarily gave up his cellphone after the crash.

He says Bostian doesn't remember the crash itself but recalls coming to, looking for his bag, retrieving his cellphone and calling 911.

Goggin notes the engineer's cellphone was off and stored in his bag before the accident, as required.

Modified train service continues on the busy Northeast Corridor in the wake of the Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia.  

There is no service between New York City and Philadelphia. 

Amtrak trains will make fewer trips than normal between Washington and Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Philadelphia, and New York City and Boston. 

Amtrak's top official says limited Northeast Corridor service will be restored Monday with full service returning by Tuesday. 

President and CEO Joseph Boardman spoke today at the crash site. 

He says a technology that could have prevented the crash will be installed throughout the Northeast Corridor by the end of the year. 

Known as positive train control, it has been installed on much of the corridor but not on the sharp curve in Philadelphia where the train derailed. 

Congress had set the end of the year as the deadline for PTC to be installed on all train tracks. 

Passengers can check schedules online or by calling 800-USA-RAIL. 

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