Amtrak Derailment in Philadelphia

By Kate Barton

An Amtrak train holding 243 passengers derailed on Wednesday, April 13, reportedly killing five people and injuring over 60 people in Philadelphia. The train was traveling from D.C to New York. Eight to ten cars derailed, some rolling over, resulting in tremendous damage. All service on the Amtrak between New York and Philadelphia has been canceled.

The train station was traveling 106-mph in a 50-mph zone. The engineer applied the emergency brake moments before the derailment. Congress wants to reduce Amtrak’s funding; a house panel proposed reducing Amtrak’s appropriation from 1.39 to 1.14 billion. However, more than 31 million people rode the Amtrak in 2013, so the system arguably requires more money to update their infrastructure.