Amtrak Train Crash a 'Disastrous Mess,' Philadelphia Mayor Says

Federal investigators will visit the site of an Amtrak crash in northeast Philadelphia this morning, trying to uncover the cause of a train derailment responsible for at least six deaths.
2:21 | 05/13/15

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Transcript for Amtrak Train Crash a 'Disastrous Mess,' Philadelphia Mayor Says
We start with that Amtrak disaster breaking overnight in Philadelphia. Five people killed dozens more injured when a train jumped the tracks seven cars incomplete to so ray you are seeing the scene here. Many of those cars flipped over mangled tore apart the engine separated from the rest of the train. It was utter chaos for the 243. People on board. Most are able to walk away on their own some climbing through windows but about 140 of them had to be checked out at nearby hospitals. After being hostile round the train along with luggage dislodged seats and other belongings. Yeah the train on the busiest train line in the country was heading from Washington DC to New York derailed about 930 last night it was in the Philadelphia neighborhood of port Richmond. No word yet on the calls but federal investigators are on the way we have team coverage for you this morning and we start in Philadelphia would ABC's llama Zack. Mangled metal train cars reduced to rubble this is the terrible scene in Philadelphia after the northbound Amtrak. Seven cars overturned passengers were counting those horrific moment. Basically the train's tilted over enrollees. Suddenly the heart it's that hot and and the Kennedy Medicare barely people and good credit you know all I probably around you the card dark. Yeah it has not that you're not cherry that I'd eat it. A lot of people out of passengers coming out really barely heard. The mayor of Philadelphia Michael Nutter spoke at the crash site. It is an absolute disasters. Mass. Never seen anything like this in my life at least five passengers were killed in the accident. In several sustained injuries some serious. Many were able to walk off the train some even walking to local hospitals. Oh god I just said I just hope everyone is okay yeah. Emergency crews searched in the dark through the twisted metal and shattered glass. Destroyed completely aluminum shell has destroyed they've been overturned completely. Former congressman Patrick Murphy described the scene on the train given agent accent so there's people who work. Dating care about us they were gone off that train to step over people Diamondbacks and he was unconscious solid tennis optimal. Got him up and he was what I'm okay. Lana Zack ABC news Philadelphia.

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