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Amtrak Crash: Passengers Recall Panic, Fear After Train Derailment

ABC News(PHILADELPHIA) — Beth Davidz was among the passengers tossed about when Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 derailed in northeast Philadelphia, killing six people and leaving dozens of others seriously injured.

She remembers her train car shifting right, then jumbled luggage and passengers, and shattered glass.

“Suddenly, you’re just kind of being tossed, you can’t tell what’s up, what’s down, it’s dark, you’re just kind of being hit by bodies,” she said.

Amid the darkness, the train began filling with little pockets of light from passengers’ phones.

“In that moment, it was just like, this could be it. I mean, I can’t believe this is happening,” Davidz said.

After Davidz exited the train, she talked to her mother on the phone, downplaying the accident. She didn’t want her mother to worry.

Andrew Brenner said he was traveling to New York to start a new job. He was sitting in the final train car, and escaped serious injury.

“There were people there to help guide us off the tracks because there were some live wires in the area,” Brenner told ABC News.

Yameen Allworld, a Philadelphia-based MC, was sitting in the train’s fourth car. Following the crash, he helped others to get off the train safely.

“Well I first felt, it just felt like our car was leaving the ground. I started floating in the air and I just felt my body lifting up and going forward over seats and started toppling so I just decided to like try to brace myself, you know,” he said.

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Amtrak Crash: Investigators Recover Train Black Box, Probe Continues

Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are at the site of an Amtrak crash in Philadelphia to try to determine the cause of Tuesday night’s train derailment, responsible for at least six deaths, officials said.

The preliminary focus of the probe is speed, officials confirmed to ABC News Wednesday.

The train’s black box — known as an event recorder — has been recovered, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said at a news conference Wednesday, and is now being analyzed at Amtrak’s operation center in Delaware.

Nutter said the investigation is ongoing and will take some time. He did not offer an exact timeline.

The accident happened at about 9:28 p.m. when six cars overturned and the engine separated from the rest of the train.

Amtrak said there were about 238 passengers and five crew members on board. Five people died at the accident scene, while a sixth person died at Temple University Hospital, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Herbert Cushing said. Officials fear more bodies are in the wreckage. Hundreds of people were treated at area hospitals and 10 people remain in critical condition.

The train operator is alive, officials confirmed to ABC News. Amtrak service between New York and Philadelphia is shut down Wednesday.

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Deborah Hersman, former chair of the NTSB, says black boxes and possible video cameras may provide important information.

“The black boxes will tell them things like speed, throttle position, braking. … But also there are often inward and outward facing video cameras that will tell them a lot of information about the track conditions and the environmental conditions,” Hersman said. “The key to the team is going to be grabbing those recorders right away.”

Investigators will also look at all other trains that traveled the same section of track, Hersman said.

The front end of the Northeast Regional train, which was traveling from Washington, D.C., to New York City, reportedly shook as it went into a turn and the train’s seven cars went off the rails. The FRA reports that the engine of the train and two cars were upright, three were lying on their sides, one was nearly on its roof and one was leaning dramatically.

First responders used hydraulic tools to help trapped passengers out of the mangled cars.

Former Pennsylvania Rep. Patrick Murphy was on the train and he tweeted that he was all right and was trying to help others. He told ABC’s Philadelphia station, WPVI-TV, that he heard a “bang,” and the train “wobbled” from one side to the other.

“Obviously, there was a lot of mayhem,” he told WPVI-TV. “People were pretty banged up. There was a lot of blood, a lot of bleeding. I pulled myself up. The guy who I kind of landed on was OK. The guy next to him was completely passed out, knocked unconscious.”

Murphy said the unconscious man came to, got off the train and began to help other people. Murphy said to his knowledge, most people had gotten off the train as of 11:15 p.m.

Delaware Sen. Tom Carper said he got off the train in Wilmington, just before the crash.

Carper said in a statement: “I am grateful to be home safe and sound in Wilmington, and my heart goes out to all those on the train tonight. I hope all of those that are injured recover quickly, and I will keep them in my thoughts and prayers.”

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Amtrak Crash: Investigators Search for Cause of Train Derailment

Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — Federal investigators will visit the site of an Amtrak crash in northeast Philadelphia Wednesday morning, trying to uncover the cause of a train derailment responsible for at least six deaths.

The accident happened at about 9:28 p.m., with several cars overturning and the engine separating from the rest of the train.

Amtrak reported that there were approximately 238 passengers and five crew members on board. In addition to the five known casualties, more than 200 people were treated at area hospitals, authorities said.

“It is an absolute disastrous mess,” Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said at a press conference. “Never seen anything like this in my life.”

The National Transportation Safety Board is launching a full team to investigate. Additionally, the Federal Railroad Administration said it was dispatching at least eight investigators to the scene.

While the train’s speed will be considered, Nutter said it was too early to know what caused the accident.

Amtrak service between New York and Philadelphia remains shut down Wednesday.

The front end of the Northeast Regional train, which was traveling from Washington, D.C., to New York City, reportedly shook as it went into a turn and the train’s seven cars went off the rails. The Federal Railroad Administration reports that the engine of the train and two cars were upright, three were laying on their sides, one was nearly on its roof and one was leaning dramatically.

First responders used hydraulic tools to help trapped passengers out of the mangled cars.

“The engine completely separated from the rest of the train and one of the cars is perpendicular to the rest of the cars,” Nutter said. “It’s unbelievable.”

Former Pennsylvania Congressman Patrick Murphy was on the train and he tweeted that he was all right and was trying to help others. He told ABC’s Philadelphia station, WPVI-TV, that he heard a “bang,” and the train “wobbled” from one side to the other.

“Obviously there was a lot of mayhem,” he told WPVI-TV. “People were pretty banged up. There was a lot of blood, a lot of bleeding. I pulled myself up. The guy who I kind of landed on was OK. The guy next to him was completely passed out, knocked unconscious.”

Murphy said the unconscious man came-to, got off the train and began to help other people. Murphy said to his knowledge, most people had gotten off the train as of 11:15 p.m.

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Inside the Derailed Amtrak Train That Crashed in Philadelphia

Mark Makela/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — Dozens of the 238 passengers on board the New York City-bound Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia had to make their way through the flipped cars to get to safety.

Video shot by one of the passengers, Philadelphia-based MC Yameen Allworld, an associate of the soul band The Roots, shows the darkness and confusion that faced survivors as they tried to crawl out of the wreck.

“Crawl forward, sir,” he is heard saying in a video that he posted on Instagram.

Another passenger can be seen crawling past what looks like the tipped hallway of a train car.

In a later video, Yameen shows cuts on both of his legs and neck.

Roots frontman Questlove posted a message on Twitter suggesting that Yameen had been celebrating his birthday but “thank god @yameenallworld is here to literally see another year,” he wrote.

Former Congressman Patrick Murphy was also on board and told how he and several others near him escaped after pushing open an emergency window.

The train’s seven cars and the engine were derailed from the tracks shortly after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Federal Railroad Administration reports that the engine of the train and two cars are upright, three are laying on their sides, one is nearly on it’s roof and one is leaning dramatically.

While passengers in the other cars were able to walk out unaided, fire department officials had to use hydraulic rescue tools to help free those trapped inside.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter reported that there were at least six known casualties. Of the 55 reported injuries, eight were deemed critical.

The cause of the crash has not been determined but a go-team of National Transportation Safety Board investigators has been dispatched to the scene.

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Amtrak Crash: Site of Train Derailment Isn’t New to Railway Tragedy

Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The site of Tuesday’s Amtrak train derailment isn’t new to railway tragedy.

On Sept. 6, 1943, a Pennsylvania Railroad train crashed at Frankford Junction in northeast Philadelphia, killing 79 people and injuring 117 others.

The 541 passengers on board the Congressional Limited train that day had been traveling for Labor Day weekend. Service members were on board.

As the train traveled between Washington, D.C., and New York City, an overhead journal box overheated, causing one of the wheel axles to fail. Smoke and flames could be seen underneath the seventh car, but before workers could stop the train, the car jumped the tracks, resulting in death and devastation.

Workers spent days clearing the wreckage, using acetylene torches to cut open the wrecked cars, trying to rescue as many people as possible.

Witnesses watched in horror as the victims were pulled from the wreckage.

“I never heard such crying and screaming before,” air raid warden Norman Ebinger said at the time. “We heard the crash and rushed up with our first aid equipment. There were at least 50 people strewn all over the tracks, many of them with their arms and legs broken.

“The panic was terrible. The screams of the injured and dying cut right through me.”

More than 70 years later and the area was again the focus of sadness and shock, a train derailed and passengers in harm’s way.

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Five Dead in Amtrak Train Derailment in Philadelphia

Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — An Amtrak train en route from Washington, D.C. to New York City derailed on Tuesday night near Philadelphia, killing at least five people.

Seven train cars, including the engine, left the tracks. Approximately 238 passengers and five crew members were on board, and most were able to walk off of the train. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said Tuesday night that five people were confirmed dead.

“It is an absolute disastrous mess,” Nutter said this evening. “Never seen anything like this in my life.”

Nutter also said that six people were taken to hospitals in critical condition, and 43 others had been transported to hospitals.

The front end of the Northeast Regional train, which was was traveling from Washington, D.C., to New York City on Tuesday night, reportedly shook as it went into a turn and six cars went off the rails.

Amtrak said it was aware of the derailment involving train #188 and would provide further updates when available. It later added that all trains between Philadelphia and New York on Tuesday night would be canceled.

Philadelphia police were urging residents not to go to the scene of the crash.

Former Pennsylvania Congressman Patrick Murphy tweeted that he was on board the train and was helping other passengers. Murphy also posted a photo from inside the train.

The Federal Railroad Administration and National Transportation Safety Board each said Tuesday night that they were dispatching a team of investigators to the site of the derailment.

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At Least Five Dead in Amtrak Train Derailment in Philadelphia

Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — An Amtrak train en route from Washington, D.C. to New York City derailed on Tuesday night near Philadelphia, killing at least five people.

Seven train cars, including the engine, left the tracks. Approximately 238 passengers and five crew members were on board, and most were able to walk off of the train. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said Tuesday night that five people were confirmed dead.

Amtrak said it was aware of the derailment involving train #188 and would provide further updates when available. It later added that all trains between Philadelphia and New York on Tuesday night would be canceled.

Philadelphia police were urging residents not to go to the scene of the crash.

New Jersey Transit and Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority each suspended certain train lines due to the crash.

Former Pennsylvania Congressman Patrick Murphy tweeted that he was on board the train and was helping other passengers. Murphy also posted a photo from inside the train.

The Federal Railroad Administration and National Transportation Safety Board each said Tuesday night that they were dispatching a team of investigators to the site of the derailment.

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Amtrak Train Derails in Philadelphia

Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — An Amtrak train en route from Washington, D.C. to New York City derailed on Tuesday night near Philadelphia.

Six train cars left the tracks. Approximately 200 people are believed to have been on board, and most were able to walk off of the train.

Amtrak said it was aware of the derailment involving train #188 and would provide further updates when available.

Philadelphia police were urging residents not to go to the scene of the crash.

New Jersey Transit said on Twitter that service on its Atlantic City Rail Line was suspended between Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station and Pennsauken Station due to the derailment.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority said its Trenton line was suspended due to the crash.

Former Pennsylvania Congressman Patrick Murphy tweeted that he was on board the train and was helping other passengers. Murphy also posted a photo from inside the train.

The Federal Railroad Administration said Tuesday night it was dispatching a team of investigators to the site of the derailment.

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Amtrak Train Derails Near Philadelphia

Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) — An Amtrak train en route from Washington, D.C. to New York City derailed on Tuesday night near Philadelphia.

There was no immediate word regarding injuries.

Amtrak said it was aware of the derailment involving train #188 and would provide further updates when available.

New Jersey Transit said on Twitter that service on its Atlantic City Rail Line was suspended between Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station and Pennsauken Station due to the derailment.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority also reported multiple lines suspended due to the crash.

Former Congressman Patrick Murphy tweeted that he was on board the train and was helping other passengers. Murphy also posted a photo from inside the train.

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Security Footage Shows Two Men Holding Knives Breaking Into California Home

mabe123/iStock/Thinkstock(SAN JOSE) — Chilling home security footage from a San Jose, California, home shows two men in black holding knives breaking into the home last Friday around noon.

Footage from various cameras around the house shows the suspects exploring the house in what police said was a robbery incident.

The unidentified suspects remain at large, San Jose Police Department public information officer Albert Morales told ABC News in a statement Tuesday.

Two women were in the home with a child when the two armed suspects climbed the staircase, Morales said, adding the victims fled into a bedroom and secured the door.

The armed men tried to kick the bedroom door down, but one of the women kept the door from budging by putting her body against the door, according to police.

The women and the child then fled into the bedroom’s bathroom, which they locked, Morales said, adding the women heard the men break down the bedroom door.

“The suspects attempted to get the victims to open the bathroom door, but they refused,” Morales said. “The suspects fled the scene prior to police arriving on scene. The two adult victims and the young child were not injured.”

Bikram Jeet Singh, the homeowner, uploaded security footage of the break-in to YouTube.

Singh was not immediately available to respond to ABC News’ requests for additional information.

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