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Updates from Philadelphia Amtrak Train Crash, Derailment: Surveillance Video Shows Power Flashes, Naval Academy Midshipman Killed

Wed May 13 2015 12:46 pm  http://www.arlingtoncardinal.com/?p=74077
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Surveillance video shows train passing at high moment before train derailment, then shows flashes during crash.

The Amtrak train that derailed near Philadelphia Tuesday night, which killed at least seven people and caused over 200 people to require visits to area hospitals appeared to have been traveling at more than 100 miles an hour as it approached a sharp curve on the track. The news of the 100 mile per hour figure was published in The Wall Street Journal Wednesday about noon. The speed limit in the section of track where the track occurred is 50 miles per hour, according to the Federal Railroad Administration.

The Amtrak locomotive and all seven passenger cars of the train derailed at a tight curve at Frankford Junction, north of Philadelphia city center. Some of the light flashes possibly occurred when the train hit utility poles that may have held electric power lines.

​The National Transportation Safety Board sent a go-team to investigate the Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. According to the NTSB, investigator Mike Flanigon is leading the team as investigator-in-charge. NTSB Board Member Robert Sumwalt is accompanying the team and will serve as the principal spokesman during the on-scene phase of the investigation.


At least six people are dead after the derailment of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia, including Justin Zemser, a U.S. Naval Academy midshipman.


Passengers of the derailed Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 give their accounts of what happened in the deadly accident on CNN.


A witness says he saw train cars everywhere, after an Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia. At least five people are known dead and dozens are hurt, after the Tuesday night train wreck.


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