Dozens still hospitalized, local train services disrupted following deadly Amtrak crash

Emergency personnel work at the scene of a deadly train derailment, May 13, 2015, in Philadelphia. | AP Photo

(WRIC) — Dozens of people are still in the hospital after an Amtrak train derailed Tuesday in Philadelphia, hospital officials tell ABC News.

This morning, 42 injured passengers remain hospitalized at five locations, with at least 10 listed in critical condition.

Seven people were killed in the crash and hundreds were injured. The exact cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Investigators said the train was traveling at an estimated 106 miles per hour before the crash — well above the 50 miles per hour speed limit for the area, according to the Federal Railroad Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

This cleanup is still affecting service for riders here in the Richmond area, too. Signs have been posted at local Amtrak stations warning passengers, if they’re getting on a northbound train, they will not be able to go beyond D.C. at this point.

On a typical day, there are normally nine trains leaving from Richmond to pass through Philly, New York and beyond. But because the tracks have been blocked due to the crash, that’s impacting the route for those trains. 

Amtrak says there will be modified service today — with fewer frequencies than normal — between Washington D.C. and Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Philly and between New York and Boston. However, there’s still no service between N.Y. and Philly today.

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Emergency personnel work the scene of a deadly train wreck, May 13, 2015, in Philadelphia. (Photo: WPVI via ABC News)

 

The train’s ‘black box,’ the device that records events within the train, was recovered on Wednesday and is undergoing analysis. The NTSB is also analyzing video from the train’s cameras.

The train engineer – identified by his attorney as Brandon Bostian, 32, of Queens, New York – has given initial statements to police and is also being interview by federal accident investigators and other rail personnel, authorities said.

 

The engineer driving the Amtrak train that derailed Tuesday night has been identified as 32-year-old Brandon Bostian. (Photo via LinkedIn)
The engineer driving the Amtrak train that derailed Tuesday night has been identified as 32-year-old Brandon Bostian. (Photo via LinkedIn)

“He remembers driving the train,” his attorney, Robert Goggin, told ABC News in an exclusive interview. “He remembers going to that area generally, [but] has absolutely no recollection of the incident or anything unusual. He recalls — the next thing he recalls is being thrown around, coming to, finding his bag, getting his cell phone and dialing 911.”

Later, Bostian learned the details about the crash.

“The television was on in the police district, and the constant count and recounting of the incident was being broadcast in his face all morning, and he was distraught,” Goggin said.

Emergency personnel work the scene of a deadly train wreck, May 13, 2015, in Philadelphia. (Photo: WPVI via ABC News)
Emergency personnel work the scene of a deadly train wreck, May 13, 2015, in Philadelphia. (Photo: WPVI via ABC News)

Investigators are planning to document the site over the next few days and hope to interview both crew members and passengers.

Amtrak said there were approximately 238 passengers and five crew members on board at the time of the crash.

Stay with 8News for more on this developing story.

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