There was an awful Amtrak derailment Tuesday night in Philadelphia.
At least six people were killed and dozens injured, six critically, when a northbound Amtrak train derailed Tuesday night in Port Richmond.
In the moments after the derailment, scores of emergency personnel swarmed over more than a half-dozen toppled train cars, trying to reach the dazed, the injured, the dying.
Some people were reported trapped in the train, and crews were cutting into the cars to try to free the injured.
Ladder 10 was the first to respond to the scene. When firefighters arrived, they found two people under the train, a fire official said.
At a briefing early Wednesday morning, with Gov. Wolf at his side, Mayor Nutter gave the grim numbers: In addition to the dead, 65 people were taken to area hospitals, primarily Temple University Hospital. Six were in critical condition.
Nutter initially reported that there were five dead. A sixth person died later at Temple hospital.
It was unclear hours later how many people were still not accounted for.
Train 188, bound to New York from Washington with 238 passengers and five crew members aboard, had left 30th Street Station minutes before the accident, which occurred near a curve at Wheatsheaf Lane and I-95.
Nutter told reporters the first fire call came in at 9:28 p.m. and quickly grew to four alarms. In all, he said, 33 pieces of equipment were sent in to help, along with 122 Fire Department personnel and Emergency Medical Services workers. Also responding were about 200 police officers, and officials from the Department of Homeland Security, Pennsylvania State Police, SEPTA, and Amtrak.
Obviously an investigation is underway to determine the cause of the accident, but the lack of details isn’t stopping the leftists freaks from blaming the GOP, of course.
— The Baxter Bean (@TheBaxterBean) May 13, 2015
You really have to be a horrible human being to even think about tweeting something like that.
@TheBaxterBean You suck at life.
— Mr. Breeze (@Rem870P) May 13, 2015
Indeed. Politico clown Blake Hounshell chimed in:
Amtrak crash comes on the eve of … markup session to cut Amtrak budget http://t.co/aWta0t8tx1
— Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) May 13, 2015
— CFLancop (@CFLancop) May 13, 2015
Hey, it’s all they know.
So the right wingers aren't disturbed by the inadequate safety funding for #Amtrak that transportation officials have decried for decades.
— Harold Itzkowitz (@HaroldItz) May 13, 2015
@HaroldItz Hey jagoff, how's bout we wait until the cars quit smoking before we go all partisan. Deal? Thanks!
— Rusty Shackelford (@rshackelford14) May 13, 2015
Well, here’s an optimist:
Hope there are lots of Republicans on that Amtrak train then maybe they'll have a come to Jesus moment and fund infrastructure. #LastWord
— RB Blair (@TuxcedoCat) May 13, 2015
Well, if they lived, that is.
— RB (@RBPundit) May 13, 2015
Then there’s this national embarrassment:
The only one to fix the infrastructure of our country is me – roads, airports, bridges. I know how to build, pols only know how to talk!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 13, 2015
Jesus H. Christ, people.