Federal investigators search for answers about Philadelphia train derailment

With at least five people dead after an Amtrak train derailed in northeast Philadelphia, federal investigators are beginning to search for the cause. A team from the National Transportation Safety Board is on site this morning with at least eight investigators.

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

Witnesses described the scene in horrific detail as mangled metal was seen sprawled off the track. Six cars derailed, sending the majority of the 238 on board to the hospital. According to ABC News:

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.

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