Police have confirmed a seventh death in the investigation of an overturned Amtrak train in Philadelphia.
Emergency response crews were sifting through the mangled wreckage of the train Wednesday morning, as officials attempt to account for missing passengers and determine what caused the deadly accident.
“You have a lot of questions, we have a lot of questions,” Robert Sumwalt of the National Transportation Safety Board said during a press conference at the crash scene.
Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 derailed near a curve in the tracks at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia. As of Wednesday morning, seven passengers had been declared dead and eight remained in critical condition at Temple University Hospital. At least 200 others were treated for injuries.
Sumwalt, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and other officials said the investigation into the cause of the fatal train crash remains ongoing. Nutter added that officials are attempting to account for all passengers who were on the train, and that there is “no active count” of how many people are missing.
On Wednesday afternoon, anNTSB preliminary investigation suggested that the train was traveling faster than 100 mph — more than twice the legal limit on the stretch of track where it derailed.