Tuesday’s deadly Amtrak crash happened along the same stretch of railroad track and on the same curve as one of the worst railroad disasters in the nation’s history. The Amtrak derailment is almost identical to a deadly train crash in 1943.
People were thrown around like rag dolls when Amtrak train 188 derailed near Philadelphia on Tuesday night. When the motion stopped people were trapped inside the twisted metal of the train cars leaving six dead and at least 140 people injured, according to “Fox and Friends” live on Wednesday, May 13.
This train derailment is almost identical to a train crash in 1943 in Port Richmond when a train barreled towards Frankford Junction at 65 mph. Passengers on Tuesday’s Amtrak train said it felt like the train was “at or near full speed,” when the crash occurred, according to “Fox and Friends.” The crash from over 70 years ago left 79 dead and 116 injured along the same area of the railroad tracks, according to Philly.com today.
In 1943 many of the passengers were military on leave, according to “Fox and Friends” live. The Pennsylvania Railroad train was called the Congressional Limited and with its “advertised unprecedented speed of 65 mph,” enticed many to take this ride. So many people were riding this train that an extra car was added.
Slate reports that the 1943 accident happened “when a journal box failed and an axle snapped at high speed, sending the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Congressional Limited, packed with servicemen and vacationers, catapulting off the track.”
When the train derailed in 1943 it was carrying 541 passengers, which is double the passengers that the Amtrak train was carrying Tuesday when it derailed with 238 passengers. These two train derailments occurred 72 years apart, but were eerily similar. The 1943 train derailment occurred on September 6, which was Labor Day that year, according to Philly.com.
This devastating Amtrak train derailment on Tuesday has closed down one of the nation’s busiest rail corridor to at least the end of the week. Passengers crawling out from the derailed cars had to navigate through live electrical wires and many were barefoot because the impact had knocked off their shoes. The ill-fated train had left Washington D.C. and was headed north on its route when the accident occurred.
Passengers immediately knew they were in a major accident as people all around were injured and bleeding. Doctors at the local hospitals report on Wednesday morning that the majority of the patients brought into the hospital were suffering injuries to their limbs. Five passengers died on the scene and one passenger succumbed to their injuries at the hospital.
On passengers talked with “Fox and Friends” live on Wednesday and said that the area where the train derailed was a “poor” area of town, but you couldn’t ask for nicer people. They came with bottled water and offering their help to passengers.