On Tuesday, May 12, an Amtrak train carrying 238 passengers and five crew members derailed in Philadelphia. Officials report that at the time of the derailment, the train was traveling at 106 MPH. The derailment occurred as the train entered a curve in the tracks which officials say has a posted speed limit of 50 MPH. Currently, a total of seven individuals have been identified as being killed in the horrific accident and more than 200 injured. News reports indicate that several passengers are also still missing.
For residents and visitors in the Northeastern U.S., Amtrak's Northeast Corridor is a popular and heavily traveled route that runs between Washington and Boston. According to Amtrak's website, on a daily basis more than 2,200 trains operate on these tracks and during 2013 alone, Amtrak reports that 11.4 million people traveled on trains between Washington and Boston.