(PHILADELPHIA) — An Amtrak train en route from Washington, D.C. to New York City derailed on Tuesday night near Philadelphia, killing at least five people.
Approximately 238 passengers and five crew members were on board, and most were able to walk off of the train. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said Tuesday night that five people were confirmed dead.
“It is an absolute disastrous mess,” Nutter said. “Never seen anything like this in my life.”
Nutter also said that six people were taken to hospitals in critical condition, and 49 others had been transported to hospitals.
The front end of the Northeast Regional train, which was was traveling from Washington, D.C., to New York City on Tuesday night, reportedly shook as it went into a turn and six cars went off the rails.
Amtrak said that all trains between Philadelphia and New York on Tuesday night would be canceled.
Philadelphia police were urging residents not to go to the scene of the crash.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf tweeted on Tuesday night, thanking first responders for their efforts and offering “thoughts and prayers” to those involved in the crash. He added that he was monitoring the situation and was in contact with state and local authorities.
The Federal Railroad Administration and National Transportation Safety Board each said Tuesday night that they were dispatching a team of investigators to the site of the derailment.
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