An amtrak train, on its way through Philadelphia, has reportedly derailed in the Port Richmond section of the city this evening.
According to NBC Philadelphia, at least five people have been reported dead, while at least 50 have been injured.
Reports say that there were 238 passengers on board, as well as five Amtrak employees, when the train derailed and flipped on its side near 2000 block of Wheatsheaf Lane.
The site reports:
“We were rolling along nice and smooth and then all of a sudden we were on our side,” said Don Kelleher, one of the passengers.
“All of a sudden it felt like the brakes were hit hard and then our car,” said Michael Black, another passenger. “We were third from the last, just slowly started going over to the side. I tried to just brace my arm against it and then just got off.”
Officials have not yet revealed the identity of the deceased victims.
Some of the injured survivors walked away with scratches and bruises while others had to be loaded onto stretchers by firefighters and paramedics. At least six of the survivors are in critical condition while 43 were treated for less critical injuries, according to officials.
We pray for the loved ones of the victims of this tragedy. Stay tuned for updates.
SOURCE: NBC Philadelphia | PHOTO CREDIT: AP | VIDEO CREDIT: NDN