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Amtrak Train Derails in Philadelphia, Killing at Least Six

Click here to read about the Amtrak Derailment in Philadelphia: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Amtrak-Derailment-Philadelphia–303536331.html

An Amtrak train traveling from Washington to New York City derailed in Philadelphia on Tuesday night.

At least 140 people among the 238 passengers and five crew members were taken to area hospitals. Eight passengers remained in critical condition at Temple University Hospital as of Wednesday morning, according to CNN.

Secondary searches were underway, which could lead to a rise in the death and injury toll. Five people were confirmed dead several hours after the crash; a sixth died overnight, and another death was reported on Wednesday.

The derailment occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m. on the 2000 block of Wheatsheaf Lane in Philadelphia, according to officials, when six cars of Train 188 overturned in the city’s Port Richmond section.

An updated report has shown the Amtrak train was traveling in excess of 100 mph, more than twice the authorized speed as it negotiated a sharp bend in the tracks, the National Transportation Safety Board said. The accident occurred as the train made a hard left turn several miles north of the city’s 30 Street Station.

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