Amtrak train derails in Philadelphia, five people dead

Five people die, six critically injured when Amtrak train travelling from Washington DC to New York City derails in Philadelphia

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

An Amtrak train going from Washington DC to New York City derailed in Philadelphia  late on Tuesday claiming at least five lives and injuring dozens.

Six people were critically injured and taken to nearby hospitals, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said.

At least 50 people were injured in the incident, NBC reported citing local officials.

There were 238 passengers and five Amtrak employees on board the Northeast Regional 188 train when seven cars of it derailed.

Witnesses say the derailment happened when the train was going into a turn and that front part of the train went off rails.

Amtrak said it is investigating the crash but the reason was not known immediately.

Police were trying to move people away from the train.

The Federal Railroad Administration said it is sending a team to the crash site.

Amtrak said train services between Philadelphia and New York City was cancelled.

Six people were killed and a dozen injured when a Metro North commuter train hit a car on the rails in north of New York City in February.

TRTWorld and agencies