A New York City-bound ten-car Amtrak train out of Washington DC derailed tonight in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia. On board was former US Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA), who is assisting the injured. No fatalities are being reported at this writing. The top photo above was taken by Murphy, who estimates that the train was “traveling 60-70 mph” at the time of the crash. This is just the latest in a rash of commuter rail disasters in the northeast in recent months. I’ll update this post when more is known. Philadelphia’s NBC affiliate is reporting live from the scene.
UPDATE: The number of fatalities now stands at six.