Armed with flashlights, firefighters workers went from car to car late Tuesday night, rescuing passengers from an Amtrak passenger train that derailed and tipped over in Philadelphia
At least five people died and about 50 hospitalized, including six in critical condition, authorities said. The train was carrying 238 passengers and 5 crew members.
“It is an absolute, disastrous mess,” Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter of the crash site.
The Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 was traveling from Washington to New York when it derailed north of the city of Philadelphia, Amtrak said. The cause wasn’t immediately known.
“We do not know what happened here. We do not know why it happened,” Nutter said.