(PHILADELPHIA) — Investigators confirmed Thursday that an eighth person was killed as a result of Tuesday night’s train derailment near Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer said that the eighth victim was found in the first car of the train at around 8 a.m. Thursday morning with the help of cadaver dogs. He said that hydrolic tools were used “to open up the train a little bit” in order to retrieve the body.
The victim’s identity has not been publicly released and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said the body of the eighth victim has been transported to the medical examiner’s office.
Nutter added that they have now been able to confirm the whereabouts of all 243 people that investigators believed were on the train at the time of the crash.
Until now, there had only been seven confirmed fatalities — but officials, including Nutter, had been careful to note that there may be more.
Five of the victims have had their identities confirmed by family members and employers.
Some 200 people were hospitalized for injuries following the derailment.
Investigators have said the train was traveling in excess speeds of 100 mph at the time of the crash — twice the speed limit in that section of track.
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