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"nbc 10" breaking news. sorting through mangled metal. this morning investigators are trying to figure out what caused a deadly train derailment in philadelphia. five people killed. the northeast's busiest rail corridor is shut down now. >> it is an absolute disastrous mess. never seen anything like this in my life. >> mayor michael nutter speaking there. sky force 10 is live over the scene this morning. you can see the cars that came off the track there, crumpled. as the sun comes up we can get a look at the devastation. the trains, six cars and one engine off the tracks. good morning, welcome to "nbc 10
news today." i'm chris cato. >> i'm tracy davidson live in port richmond. the site of the deadly train derailment. live along frankford avenue. the curve in the tracks where the derailment is right behind those buildings. we can tell you ntsb has dispatched a crew to come here. cranes, huge cranes just arrived on scene. they are staging a few blocks away from here in a strip mall. they are capable of lifting 220,000 pounds. they're getting ready to go on scene. we're starting to get some light out here. here's what we know now. septa tells us because of the amtrak derailment the trenton regional line will be out of service today, most likely for the rest of the week. service has been restored on the chestnut hill regional line. we'll get an update from jessica boyington on all of that coming up. these are the most recent numbers. the derailment killed 5 people and injured 140 others. we got those numbers from mayor nutter who updated us here
around 115 this morning. those numbers may be changing. we're trying to get any updated information. at that time the mayor said in no way can i say that everyone is accounted for. to give you a much better idea of what the scene looks like, let's go to "nbc 10's" matt delucia. matt. >> reporter: tracy, what a difference daylight makes out here. we're starting to get some sunrise. you can get a little bit more better perspective just what happened out here. you can see more of those train cars that went off the tracking out here and you can see, i'm going to draw where the train was coming from. they were heading north in that direction and right there is where it went off the tracks there. you have several of these cars that are pushed right on to trees. you also see the front engine right there that is separated as well. we're going to pan left a little bit here where we have been seeing throughout the morning some of the heavy equipment start to arrive. would he have a lot of these
very heavy train cars that need to be up righted and removed from the scene and right over here you can start to see some of the cranes that we have started to see arriving within the past few minutes. we've seen some of the vehicles even pull up next to or alongside of some of those train cars to get ready for when the investigators arrive later this morning to try to start to piece together exactly what happened out here and really try to figure out exactly what caused this train to go off the rales last night. we're going to stay up here in sky force 10 and give you an update in a few minutes. this scene is ever changing even at this hour eight hours after this happened. tracy. >> reporter: matt, thanks. again, we're along frankford avenue. "nbc 10's" katy zachry is a few blocks that way. katy what have you learned? >> reporter: yeah, tracy, take a look behind me as i give you an update. in the not so distant future we expect crews to be bringing in cranes to the scene. that will help them in uprighting the train cars and removing some of the large
debris. they're waiting until daylight to do this because that's really the safest time they can operate the cranes. with the sun coming up you can make out some of the activity along the tracks. the total number injured keeps rising. here at the scene anyone who was injured was assigned a number and a color based on the severity of their injuries. coming up in the next half hour you will hear from one of the injured passengers as he was taken by police to temple university hospital. that's the latest live in port richmond katy zachry "nbc 10 news." chris, back to you. mayor michael nutter says the derailment will be impacting train travel through philadelphia for the rest of this week. right around 9:30 it happened near wheatsheaf lane in the port richmond neighborhood. "nbc 10's" deanna durante is live at 30th street station.
passengers are still trying to figure out how to get back home right? >> reporter: they are. the american red cross is assisting a number of them at this point here down near the market street side of the train station which has been blocked off from the general public. we're told that they've assisted about two dozen people so far this morning and that they are trying to get them transportation back to where they need to be. we have watched not huge crowds of people coming here but one or two coming in with amtrak personnel come to go 30th street station. it's been a very frustrating night not just for passengers aboard the train but other passengers who have been stranded here at 30th street all night long. some of them not even fwheeg had happened until they either got to wilmington delaware or here in philadelphia and found out they wouldn't be going anywhere for quite some time. >> no choice to get off. there's no way to go any
further. we've been here since probably around 11:30 waiting to see if we can go back. there's no means for a bus really until possibly 2:00 in the morning and there's no lodging being provided and there's no food voucher. there's nothing. we're waiting on information right now. >> reporter: i did speak to one woman who was traveling to new york city and she said that she did not want to go back to new york, that she wanted to go back to dc because she felt it was safer. again, the american red cross assisting passengers trying to get them back to where they were going in the first place. a number of the walking injured as you see here coming into 30th street station again seeking out assistance whether it be a snack, bottle of water or help getting a ride home. deanna we know that service suspended on one of the nation's -- if not the nation's busiest corridor on the amtrak northeast corridor between new
york and washington d.c. or between new york and philadelphia. let's get more on that with "nbc 10's" jessica boyington. what else is going on, jessica? >> we do have an update for septa. the trenton line is still suspended. the chestnut hill line has restored all service. we can still expect some residual delays and service delays due to that. if you are still traveling through the area because people have to get where they have to go take some alternates. additional rail cars are added onto the line. you can use the market frankford line to get in and out. we have the obvious amtrak suspension. all of it is suspended from philadelphia up into new york city until further notice. modified service between washington and philly, harrisburg and philly and washington and boston. if you can take new jersey transit they will honor your tickets between new york city and trenton this morning. minutes from sunrise, we are
getting the best look yet at the scene there in port richmond. you can see, wow, this train car that looks like aluminum crumpled up like aluminum. six cars involved plus the engine. most of the injured came from the first two cars. you can tell how the train cars were tossed as people had to be pulled from windows or any other opening where responders could get to them. we're still waiting for ntsb investigators to arrive on scene looking into how this happened. a lot of questions to be answered this morning. stay with us for the best pictures and the best coverage.
>> reporter: we continue our live team coverage. we are starting to get light on the scene. we can see the devastation. we can see where the curve was. the train didn't make it around the curve. you can see train cars. huge cranes have arrived on scene. you can see all the responders on scene. when this happened the community came out. live in frankford. some members of the community came out to help the churfirst responders. church group brought support. >> why don't we start to pray and bring this and leave it for cops police officers. if they need it they need it. if they don't, great. we wanted to do something. hopefully we're not in the way but we figured we'd try to do something. >> reporter: the church group donated dozens of bottles of
water. they provided towels for police and firefighters. we can tell you that the red cross is on scene. salvation army was on scene. this is what it looks like now as we're starting to get some light. as we told you, the latest numbers, 140 people hurt. we will get updates there at various hospitals around the region. we'll get updates on their conditions coming up.
>> reporter: i'm matt delucia live in sky force 10 where we're getting a little more daylight. we can see the heavy equipment moving in. there's a crane that we've seen in the past few minutes start to go over top of this train car right here the one that has that giant beam that is crashed right through the side of it. you see some of the mangled wreckage. now that we're getting a better look during the daylight hours. you can see how much debris and damage was caused by the derailment last night. it came right off the tracks that you see off to the top of your screen. there's this area of damage expands quite a distance here. we're going to stay up here in sky force 10 and give you more looks throughout the morning. now live in sky force 10, matt delucia, "nbc 10 news." 5:45. let's update you on the latest information from the deadly amtrak derailment in
philadelphia. cranes are now on the scene as tracy pointed out. the cranes there to upright the overturned crane cars. federal investigators are on their way to the scene. the accident at this point killed 5 people six of them are critical, six injured and at least 140 injured. "nbc 10's" tracy davidson is live for us on the scene there in port richmond. tracy, we're seeing the sun come up. we can get a clear look at just how expansive this wreckage is. >> reporter: we'll get a closer look and go back to "nbc 10's" matt delucia. we've been talking about those killed and those injured. there were some passengers who were able to escape safely and tell us what it was like. >> rolling along nice and smooft and smooth and all of a sudden we were on our side. we never flipped. we went on our side and back on our side. it felt like the brakes were hit hard and then like our car, we were third to the last.
we started going over to the right. i braced my arm. it got off, yeah. >> reporter: now while some of the passengers we talked with were able to walk from the scene, others we've been telling you were injured and taken off in stretchers. more than 140 people that is the last number went to area hospitals. six of them are critically injured. we continue to get updated information. "nbc 10's" monique braxton is live at the hospitals. what do you know from where you are? >> reporter: tracy, we have learned that about half a dozen patients have been huddled inside the lobby of the emergency room awaiting transportation to 30th street station. aria hospital received 75 patients. more than two dozen arrived at frankford with internal bleeding concussions and broken bones. i talked to one patient walking with crutches and a broken leg.
he was exhausted and in pain after having been up all night. at templeton, the nursing supervisor said they received dozens of amtrak passengers. the most serious were taken to temple or hahnemann hospital. six medical campuses oen a level three alert and are now treating some of the more than 140 injured, either in critical condition or considered the walking wounded. in the next half hour a doctor here at frankford shares how his medical professionals mobilized to treat the patients from the derailment. live now from frankford, monique braxton, "nbc 10 news." >> reporter: all right, monique. we should tell our viewers, if you know someone who was on the train and you haven't been able to get ahold of them we have an 800 number. 800-523-9101. a hotline for you to check on loved ones. more from you in a moment tracy. here's what's happening
today. an investigative team from the national transportation safety board will arrive sometime this morning. they'll be looking at everything from the wreckage, the tracks the signals and examining the train's data recorder which captures the speed and other data. also like the black box recorder on an airplane. the federal railroad administration is dispatching a group of investigators. philadelphia mayor michael nutter talks about other agencies involved. >> full response fire police department of homeland security septa, amtrak and others and the state police. i've talked to governor wolf and his chief of staff. they are very concerned about this incident. have given their full cooperation and support. all agencies actively engaged and involved. >> and we'll hear from governor wolf in a moment. back here a live look from sky force 10. daylight and we can see the toppled train cars. officials are asking people to really stay away from that area this morning of port richmond so the investigators can get in
there and first responders and do their job. some roads in that area are closed this morning. for more of a look on the travel impact of the derailment here's "nbc 10's" first alert traffic reporter jessica boyington. >> thank you chris. besides the obvious mass transit delays and suspensions for amtrak out in port richmond frankford avenue is closed northbound and southbound so both directions between torresdale avenue and castor avenue. smaller road closures. wheatsheaf lane is closed between frankford and aramingo. now you can take kensington avenue to get on by. that's relatively close to the scene. in case there are residual delays in the area if you want to hop on the 95 there are currently no delays there. we have more updates to come. now your "nbc 10" first alert weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> well the sun is up and we're going to see a lot of sunshine today. bright sunshine and gusty winds. dry winds which could lead to an
enhanced wild fire risk especially in new jersey and we won't get any rain until we get to the weekend. some nice weather ahead. it's chilly in the pocono mountains. scattered clouds. right around the 60 degree mark from philadelphia and atlantic city. you can see the clouds blowing past lake wallenpaupack. that's going to be a steady wind force. a view from the lowe's hotel shows the wind blowing and the sun finally coming up giving people a better view of what's going on at the crash scene this morning. the gusty winds are going to be kicking in as we go into the afternoon. that dry wind has led to a red flag warning for the enhanced wild fire risk for all of new jersey. the clouds out of here. no sign of any showers, even with the clouds for the south. it's going to stay dry for us for not only today but for the rest of the work week. any sprinkles are going to be well to our west out of the area. sunshine and the temperatures climbing but much cooler than we
saw. northwesterly winds at 15 miles an hour. top out about 70 degrees today. chilly tomorrow 49. less wind. we'll see bright sunshine. a beautiful day for thursday. pretty nice on friday too. sunshine to start with clouds late in the day. 76. the humidity stays low on friday. returns on the weekend. showers and scattered thunderstorms saturday sunday. the shower threat continues for monday and tuesday. >> all right, bill. back to that derailment. philadelphia mayor michael nutter said he had never seen anything like this in his life. he briefed the media around 1:00 this morning. >> the trains, seven cars including the engines, are in various stages of disarray turned over upside down and on their side. we are still investigating what's going on. >> pennsylvania governor tom wolff met with the mayor and he
said the state is ready to offer whatever help is needed. he also released this statement last night saying quote, my thoughts and prayers are with all of those impacted by tonight's train derailment. for those who lost their lives those who were injured and the families of all involved this situation is devastating. i want to sincerely thank our first responders for their brave and quick action. i am closely monitoring the situation and i am in contact with state and local authorities. some numbers for you here according to the federal railroad administration there have been five railroad accidents in pennsylvania. this is the first one in which people have died. this is the second deadliest derailment in the u.s. behind the one in new york in february. this is the deadliest since 1990 when three people were killed on a septa train. 150 injured but it's nothing in philadelphia rail history that compares to what's known as the frankford junction wreck labor day weekend 1943 in the exact
same spot as last night's derailment. a train called the congressional limited loaded down with 541 passengers headed from d.c. to new york came off the tracks killing 79 people injuring 115. the fifth deadliest in u.s. history. you can count on "nbc 10" and nbc10.com for new information throughout the morning as we learn more about the victims from the derailment and the investigation.
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