Eighth victim confirmed dead in Amtrak derailment, officials say

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

(WRIC) — An eighth person was killed as a result of Tuesday night’s Amtrak train derailment near Philadelphia, officials said during a press conference on Thursday.

Until now, there had only been seven confirmed fatalities — but officials, including Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, had been careful to note that there may be more.

Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer said Thursday that the eighth victim was found in the first car of the train at around 8 a.m. this morning with the help of cadaver dogs. He said that hydraulic tools were used “to open up the train a little bit” in order to retrieve the body. 

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

Nutter said the body of the eighth victim has been transported to the medical examiner’s office. The mayor added that they’re now able to confirm the whereabouts of all 243 passengers and crew believed to be on board at the time of the crash.

Some 200 people were hospitalized for injuries following the derailment. 42 were still in the hospital and 10 were in critical condition as of Thursday morning, according to ABC News.

Investigators have said the train was traveling in excess speeds of 100 mph at the time of the crash, which was twice the speed limit in that section of track.

This is a breaking news update. Stay with 8News for more on this developing story.

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