PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The deadly derailment of a train in Philadelphia is having a wide reaching effect on Amtrak service along the east coast Wednesday, including in Providence.
More than 200 people were taken to hospitals, and so far seven people have been confirmed dead by the crash whose scene Mayor Michael Nutter describes as “an absolute disastrous mess.”
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Amtrak said there is modified service for a number of northeast stops, including New York to Boston.
Amtrak trains from Providence to Philadelphia and points south have been cancelled. Trains are only going as far as New York.
The train derailed while going around a curve Tuesday night.
The National Transportation Safety Board said the engineer applied the emergency brakes moments before the crash. They also said the train was traveling 106 miles per hour at that time — more than twice the 50 mph limit at that curve.
Belinda Redenz is a regular Amtrak passenger. She told Eyewitness News she was just on that same route last week.
“I was like ‘Oh my gosh, I was just there,'” Redenz said.
While she said she was weary about getting back on a train, her friend said she would continue to be a loyal Amtrak customer.
“I feel it’s one of the more safe ways to travel, to be honest with you,” said Richard Wade. “It’s unfortunate that these things have been happening, but maybe it’s time for people to make some improvements on the Amtrak level.”Amtrak has an incident hotline you can call if you have any questions about family or friends who were on Train 188 in Philadelphia. The number is 1-800-523-9101.