At least 5 dead, dozens injured in Amtrak crash in Philadelphia

Baku, May 13, AZERTAC

An Amtrak train bound for New York City derailed north of Philadelphia on Tuesday, killing at least five people and injuring more than 50 others, according to NBC news.

At least 65 people were taken to hospitals for treatment, and six suffered critical injuries, officials said,

The Amtrak Regional 188 was traveling to New York from Washington, D.C., and carrying approximately 238 passengers and 5 crew members when the train derailed at around 9:30 p.m.

"It is an absolute disastrous mess. Never seen anything like this in my life," Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter told reporters after visiting the scene of the crash.

The front of the train was going into a turn when it shook, witnesses said. Two sources told NBC News the train went off the track at a point where a 70 mph stretch goes into a 50 mph curve, but they cautioned it is too early to know whether the curve or speed were a factor.

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