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Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 traveling from Washington, D.C. to New York City derailed in Philadelphia on May 12, 2015, around 9:30 p.m. The Amtrak accident caused the train cars to leave the tracks - some train cars rolled over and were torn open. Approximately 145 Amtrak passengers and crew members were injured and 7 passengers were killed.
Amtrak has set up a special number, 800-523-9101, for family members and friends concerned regarding passengers to call for information.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Amtrak have begun the complicated task of determining the cause of this Amtrak train crash in Philadelphia. As railroads, such as Amtrak, have a responsibility to exercise an ordinary duty of care to prevent accidents which result in serious injuries or wrongful deaths, the NTSB will investigate what if any part bad tracks, defective brakes, equipment failure, excessive speed, environmental issues, etc. may have had in causing the Amtrak train accident.
This tragic event, while triggering an immediate investigation, will also likely bring back to the afore front concerns that while railroad profits continue to increase, the number of railroad employees for maintenance and security have decreased and dollars are not being adequately reinvested into the aging infrastructure.
February 1, 2016 Update: NTSB Opens the Accident Docket on the Philadelphia Amtrak Derailment
May 17, 2016 Update: NTSB Report - Final Synopsis of Amtrak Derailment Investigation
June 9, 2016 Update: NTSB Response to David Schanoe's RailwayAge Article
If you have suffered an injury or wrongful death of a loved one in this Amtrak crash, you need someone investigating and working on your behalf. The train injury attorneys at Hoey & Farina can help. We are experienced train injury lawyers with a proven track record of successfully litigating personal injury claims against railroads, including Amtrak, throughout the United States, while providing compassionate legal services. Call Hoey & Farina at 1-888-425-1212, or complete this form, for your free consultation.