At approximately 9:30 pm on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, an Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The train was traveling from Washington, DC bound for New York City. Amtrak’s statement on the derailment is available here. Amtrak has also set up a hotline for friends and family members to call with questions about passengers. That phone number is 1-800-523-9101.
It is too early to determine what caused this particular train to derail. There has been much speculation about the speed of the train on a curve (where the speed limit reduces to 50mph); the condition of the well-used track; mechanical issues with the locomotive or cars; overall infrastructure issues; and many other potential causes. At this point, however, it is just speculation; the NTSB investigation is currently underway.
Our firm has experience representing derailment victims and victims of other train accidents, including an Amtrak derailment that claimed the lives of an elderly couple. If you or a loved one have been injured in this or any other derailment, please contact us. It is important to have an experienced attorney representing you in this type of complex accident.