A New York City-bound Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia on Tuesday, overturning and mangling the cars and flinging passengers and luggage around inside. At least seven people were killed and at least 200 injured. A rescue worker at the scene had told reporters that authorities feared the death toll could rise as they had been unable to get underneath the toppled cars.
The Amtrak Regional 188 was traveling to New York from Washington, D.C., and carrying 238 passengers and 5 crew members when the train derailed at around 9:30 p.m. ET. The train was barreling into a curve at more than 100 miles per hour on Tuesday night, twice the speed limit, when the engineer hit the brakes, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said.
Appearing on ABC's "Good Morning America," lawyer of the engineer said his client had no memory of the crash and "no explanation" for what happened.
Investigators were studying forward-facing video taken from the train, testing brake systems and doing three-dimensional imaging of two derailed cars, NTSB member Robert Sumwalt said.