Amtrak Crash: Investigators Search For Cause Of Train Derailment (VIDEO)

Source: ABC News

Federal investigators will visit the site of an Amtrak crash in northeast Philadelphia this morning, trying to uncover the cause of a train derailment responsible for at least six deaths.

The accident happened at about 9:28 p.m., with six cars overturning and the engine separating from the rest of the train.

Amtrak said there were about 238 passengers and five crew members on board. Five people died at the accident scene, while a sixth person died at Temple University Hospital, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Herbert Cushing said.

Hundreds of people were treated at area hospitals. Eight people remain in critical condition, Cushing said.

“It is an absolute disastrous mess,” Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said at a news conference. “Never seen anything like this in my life.”

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