Seven cars crash off the tracks en route from Washington to New York as mayor calls the scene a ‘disastrous mess’.

Daily Mail – An Amtrak train crashed in Philadelphia on Tuesday night prompting a mass casualty incident that claimed the lives of six people.

Train 188 was traveling from Washington D.C. to New York City when it crashed around 9.20pm as it went into a turn just a few miles outside of 30th Street Station.

The train, which had been carrying 238 passengers and five crew members at the time of the crash, had seven cars derail, all of which came entirely off the tracks. The weather was fair at the time.

In addition to the fatalities, more than 140 people were taken to hospital for injuries or evaluation, and as many as eight were in critical condition on Wednesday morning, a number that could rise as not all passengers on the train have been accounted for by officials.

‘This was an absolute disastrous mess,’ said Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia. ‘I have never seen anything like it in my life.’

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