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reporter john rawlings is live at the society hill sheraton where the sumwalt news conference is still going on. john that comment by engineer brandon bostian would obviously be very provocative. >> reporter: well, the comment actually came apparently from someone listening to a two-way radio the conductor listening to the two-way radio. you're right this is a startling revelation certainly raises the specter of a possible crime being involved here. the ntsb began today's news conference saying that they had spoken with brian bostian the engineer, he was fully cooperate activity seemed familiar with the train he operated. said he was not fatigued on the night of the derailment for was he feeling ill at the time. he told them he remembered sounding the bell on the train as he passed north philadelphia station. now, that's at broad street. this is the north philadelphia station. it's a routine it is required but he can remember nothing after that. then the ntsb talked to one of the conductors and she said
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she had overheard radio chatter, two-way radio chatter between a septa engineer and bostian. the septa engineer had reported that his train had been struck by rocks or a bullet. then robert sumwalt of the ntsb picks up what she said. >> she also believed that she heard her engineer say something about his train being struck by something. our investigation does not independently confirm this information but we have seen damage to the left hand lower portion of the amtrak windshield that we have asked the fbi to come in and look at for us. >> reporter: so, this is all going to be subject to further investigation as you heard. they are concerned about that condition of the windshield even though it has been a -- the train has been in a major crash. they are asking as you heard the fbi to come out tonight to examine the windshield of that amtrak locomotive. so as we say we have a
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startling revelation here, the possibility of some sort of crime or some sort of force acting upon the train independent of the operation of the engineer here. and at this point this may give us at least another possible theory of why amtrak 188 sped out of control tuesday night. that's the situation right now live in society hill, john rawlings, channel6 "action news." back to you, jim. >> all right, john. here is more on the amtrak situation tonight. the ntsb has released the crash site in the port richmond section of philadelphia back to amtrak. and amtrak workers have been busy making repairs to the tracks. but word has come that service between philadelphia and new york will not resume on monday as amtrak had hoped. we'll have to see what happens after monday. meanwhile nine injured passengers are still at temple hospital tonight. five of them are in critical condition. aria torresdale has three patients, two are critical. two are still at einstein. they are both in good
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condition. and this was the sorrow full scene in hewlett new york as they held funeral services for justin zemser one of the accident's eight fatalities. let's go live to eva pilgrim in port richmond. we heard from some committed and courageous people. >> reporter: jim, yes, today we heard from those first responders for the first time who helped to rescue the victims of the train derailment. >> controlled chaos would be an understatement. >> reporter: in the moments after the train 188 derailment police cut through a fence to get in to help. >> people screaming for help and you don't know which way to go. >> it was like a cloud of black dust. >> he took one side, he took that side, he took that car he took another car you give me a hand and civilians who were
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involved. red shirt over here, red shirt over there. those who were not injured they were there. they helped extricate. >> reporter: amidst the chaos passengers were calling 911. >> the people were frantic but they were also calm. they were able to say i've been in an accident and i don't know were where i am. >> reporter: dispatchers were able to pinpoint their locations from their cell phone. >> it was showing exactly where the train crash had occurred at the frankford junction other curve. >> reporter: one of the responders called in that night was wyatt a human remains detection canine. he was one of three dogs used. >> their job is to find what we're -- the people that were unaccounted for that we're trying to find. >> reporter: wyatt marked several spots, one led rescuers to a person. >> we will continue to mourn the loss of eight brave souls on amtrak train number 188 but we still certainly acknowledge the miraculous
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moment of 200 plus people walking off a badly mangled and decimated train. >> reporter: first responders say they were just doing their job. there wasn't time to think about the danger. >> we just tried to rush in and, you know, we're going to help -- come to aid to people no matter what the situation is or the dangers involved. >> reporter: now many police officers administered tourniquets that night. they couldn't tell us how many but they say it was a significant number. and that's something new to the police department, something that was added after tragedies around the country. we're live here in port richmond, eva pilgrim channel6 "action news." >> thank you. our coverage of the train derailment continues on line at you can follow the latest on the ntsb's investigation. you can also see pictures and read more about the victims of this tragedy. the decision has come down and that decision is death for dzhokhar tsarnaev. a crowd gathered outside the federal courthouse in boston
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with word that the jury had reached a verdict and indeed it had. after 14 hours of deliberation, the jury sentenced tsarnaev to die by lethal injection for the terror attack that the boston marathon two years ago. the bombing killed three people and injured 260 others. tsarnaev killed an mit security guard days later. the decision today sets the stage for the first execution of a terrorist in our post 9/11 world. world news tonight with david muir will have reaction to the sentencing in boston. that is at 6:30 right after our newscast. philadelphia police are investigating the claims of a witness that she saw a man drop a baby from a railroad bridge this morning in southwest philadelphia. live at 68 and king severing avenue is "action news" court reporter chad pradelli. chad war details on this? >> reporter: jim, police say it was around 11 o'clock this morning a woman was driving to work, she was going northbound here on 68th street here at
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kingsessing. she says she saw a young man and a young woman between 17 and 20 years old there right there at that wall. she says the man had a baby in his hands. he went down, kissed the child and then leaned over that wall and tossed the baby but i must stress at this point no child has been found. police say this is surveillance of the couple after the alleged incident. they're described as a young woman in floured muslim garb and a young man wearing a t-shirt and jeans. you can see them holding hands. a witness tells police she saw him throw a baby over the railroad bridge around 11:00 a.m. >> she sees the male kiss what she describes as a baby, light brown complected and she continues driving past, looks through the rear-view mirror and she sees the male leaning over the train bridge. >> reporter: lieutenant john walker says the train engineer confirms he saw the couple on the bridge at the time of the
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incident as well. so far no baby has been found. police searched two trains, a canine was brought in and police have been searching miles of tracks with their chopper. >> we have nothing at this point to lead us in the direction that it is not true. >> reporter: and police believe that trouble does live here in the immediate area. anyone who may know them is urged to call police. i'm live in southwest philadelphia, chad pradelli, channel6 "action news." jim. >> thank you, chad. a mysterious odor forced evacuation of a u.s. post office facility in mercer county today. hazmat crews descended on the facility on route 130 in hamilton township at 10 o'clock this morning. employees reported a syrup like smell in the area where postal carriers prepare for their mail -- prepare their mail for delivery. more than a dozen people got sick including one worker who passed out. crews have cleared the scene. they say all tests turned up negative. now to a health alert in camden county.
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health department says that an employee at the iron hill brewery and restaurant in voorhees has tested positive for hepatitis a. the employee was a server at the restaurant. that person has not been back to work since being diagnosed. health department officials say coworkers have been vaccinated. they stress this case poses little to no risk to public health. police are trying to figure out what caused a car to plow into a home in the rhawnhurst section of philadelphia. the crash happened at loney and eastwood streets at 11:15 this morning. the driver tells police that she was trying to park when she lost control and slammed into the brick house. the person inside the house that just left the room where the car came through. coming up on "action news" tonight, a classic shore hotel gets a makeover. ahead, we'll see the renovations made to the 85-year-old claridge hotel. and a saint joseph's junior battles a rare medical
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condition to get his first playing time on a collegiate baseball field. cecily. >> well, we've had three days in a row of comfortable spring weather. temperatures in the 70's. this all changes over the weekend though. i'm tracking warm humid air and some storms in the accuweather 7-day forecast. >> the franco era begins for the philadelphia phillies. ducis rodgers with that story when "action news" continues. >> ♪♪
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>> officials at the claridge hotel in atlantic city cut the ribbon today building's latest renovations. they received a makeover this
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past year. the claridge opened in 1930. and at the time the 24 story hotel was dubbed the skyscraper by the sea and was new jersey's tallest building. and by the way it was also the state's first hotel to boast hot and cold running water. aaa the company that helps stranded motorist center city coming to the aid of riders on two wheels. aaa midatlantic announced today it is extending bicycle coverage to members. that means if if a member's bike breaks down aaa will send a service vehicle to take the member and the bicycle to a nearby bicycle shop or to home or to a safe location. bicycle coverage is included now in current plans. this was commencement day at villanova university. seniors received their degrees this afternoon at villanova stadium as proud family members and friends looked on. today's commencement speaker was madeline bell, a 1983 nova
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graduate and just named ceo of children's hospital. today was villanova's 172nd commencement. the 142nd commencement at your sinus college honored its late president today bobby fong died unexpectedly in september. he was given an honorary degree posthumously today. his wife delivered the commencement address. 365 students received their degrees today.
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i'm lynne abraham. when i became philadelphia's da, child victims had to face a judge ...a jury...the public... and testify eye to eye with their attackers. it wasn't right. so i got a constitutional amendment passed allowing children to testify remotely. i'm running for mayor for the same reason -- our children should come first. jim kenney and tony williams are fighting over public schools versus charters. i disagree. we have to improve education for all of our children. >> competitive cyclists from all over the world got into gear in delaware for the wilmington grand prix time trial. the race is little more than 3 miles long but the end is the most challenging. as you can see athletes must tackle the so-called monkey hill which is steep and covered with cobblestones. that section of road got its name because it is near the
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monkey house at the brandywine zoo. and so the franco era does begin for the phillies tonight. >> we can't wait to see him on the field tonight against the diamondbacks. future of the phillies may seem bleak but there's something optimistic out there at the park today. mickle franco has been called up after tearing it up in the minors. jeff skversky is live as they get ready to take on arizona. >> reporter: mickle franco got an early wakeup call this morning. got a knock on his hotel room door in rochester new york at 7:00 in the morning. keep in mind that is three to four hours before he normally gets up. it was his manager to give him the call he was going to the big leagues so he didn't want to complain about that early wakeup call. let's take a look at franco here at the ballpark talking to his big league manager ryne sandberg. franco in the lineup tonight against arizona batting fifth sandwiched in between ryan howard and chase utley. playing third base. hopefully he'll be an everyday
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third baseman up here, a future and prospect and cornerstone at third he's been tearing the cover off the ball down in aaa leading lehigh valley with a .355 batting average. hopefully that carries over starting tonight. >> yeah, i know i had to be like slow down just putting my mental ready and i know everything is going to be okay but i just be like slow down a little bit. >> i talked to him about just continuing doing what he's been doing. i think it's a very positive thing that he's played well and he's had a good season up to this point in aaa. i think that's very good. >> reporter: san berg says he also talked to chase utley about moving him to sixth in the lineup. he's trying to get chase going here. of course he has the worst batting average in baseball right now. he just wants a change of scenery for chase utley. live at the ballpark, jeff skversky channel6 "action news". >> jeff thank you very much. division one college
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athlete is a remarkable achievement. doing so while dealing with a rare medical condition is even more so. jaime apody introduces to us one special baseball player. >> at first glance he looks like any other saint joe's baseball player. but then you notice the back of joey gorman's head an outward sign of what has been a long and courageous road to get back onto field. >> i remember coming what, to school right after and i was a little -- not -- i guess embarrassed, i don't know why. my younger brother said i would shave my head and walk around proud with it. >> he has a structural defect in his brain discovered when he was 12. but freshman year at saint joe's it started causing problems. >> one year i was weightlifting pushed out and everything came down my neck, i lost feeling in my legs and my arm. >> from there two brain surgeries and two arm surgeries followed. in just a two year span. gorman was one of our area's best pitchers coming out of neumann goretti high school but was left with nerve damage
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in his throwing arm. despite long odds the junior is finally playing his first season of college baseball seeing time at first base and as a pinch hitter. why fight so hard to be back here on the field? >> love, i love it. >> i have the utmost respect for his passion and his -- you know his vive for life. it's impressive. >> joey starts to start a foundation he'll wear shirts to raise a where'sness. losing is not an option. this kid will be a winner wherever he goes. >> i see a bigger picture. baseball ends at some point. my illness is not well known. mites understanding to affect another kids life maybe. once you're out of surgery you can still accomplish things and do a lot more with your life. >> jaime apody channel6 "action news." >> if you want information on thousand get one of those t-shirts just head to our web site >> thank you ducis. coming up on "action news" cecily tynan with the weekend
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accuweather forecast when we continue in just a moment.
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>> we could accuweather forecast. cecily tynan. >> today was gorgeous. things are changing over the weekend. warm air mu muggy and scattered thunderstorms. storm tracker six live double scan showing most of our region rain free. we have a couple light showers right now moving just north of the lancaster moved through lebanon heading towards reading but most of the region just dealing with some cloud cover. the action cam today was heading out by 30th street station and looking up and you can see the sky conditions have changed from yesterday yesterday we had the bright blue skies. now we have the cloud cover
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but they're high thin clouds so allowing some filtered sunshine and very comfortable today. currently in philadelphia the temperature is 74 degrees, our high today 76. allentown 73. trenton 73. wilmington 68. that sea breeze has really dropped temperature at the shore. sea isle city and the boardwalk in atlantic city 60 and millville dropped down to 66 degrees. but part of the reason why today felt so good is the dewpoint very low. 38 degrees in philadelphia. that's an extremely dry air mass. you get dewpoints below 60 degrees it's very comfortable but as we head through the weekend the dewpoints will be on their way up. we're looking at dewpoints in the mid 60's tomorrow, upper 60's on sunday, so you will feel that difference in the air mass. it's going to be a humid weekend and temperatures rising up into the mid to upper 80's so it's also going to be a summer-like weekend. satellite6 along with action radar showing you can see the clouds ann advancing.
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some light showers across parts of berks county associated with a warm front that will move through tomorrow morning. then there's a cold front that's moving across the plain states and unfortunately it looks like there's another potential severe weather outbreak across the plains with the possibility of some tornadoes tomorrow. back at home, though, it's going to be pretty quiet tonight but partly cloudy with a couple showers near dawn as that warm front moves through. 54 degrees in the suburbs, 60 for center city, so pretty comfortable night. future tracker showing not a lot of activity tomorrow. 8:30 some clouds, a few spotty showers around lunchtime mixture of clouds and sunshine. nice day if you like it warm. late in the afternoon and evening we will get some pop-up showers and thunderstorms. not everyone will see them but they have the potential for some gusty winds and downpours and they will continue through saturday evening and we'll probably have a repeat performance on sunday afternoon and sunday evening. so, the exclusive accuweather 7-day forecast, a taste of summer for your weekend 85 degrees tomorrow,
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88 degrees on sunday. both days a possibility of some late day thunderstorms. on monday a cold front will move through down from the northeast. that will bring us cooler conditions, a lot of clouds, limited sunshine, little bit of drizzle possible, 75 degrees and then tuesday some showers and thunderstorms, 76 before high pressure begins to build in by the middle of next week. breezy and pleasant, low humidity by wednesday 72 degrees and we keep the temperatures in the 70's thursday and friday but this weekend is going to feel like summer. >> all right, thank you cecily. finally tonight, today was the traditional pinning ceremony for graduating seniors of the nursing school of widener university. 130 men and women took the pledge at springfield country club this afternoon to honor the values and traditions of nursing. this is called a nighing gail ceremony. graduates held a lit candle to honor florence nighing gail
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who held nighttime rounds to aid wounded soldiers. "action news" continues at 10:00 with brian taff shirleen allicott adam josephs and ducis rodgers. please join us for a special "action news" investigation at 11:00 here on channel six. here is wendy saltzman with a preview. >> reporter: homeless mother and her children say they were promised that they would be able to move into this house in less than 30 days. tonight we'll tell you why the house is still boarded up and why she is without a home. so what happened? we'll tell you why the charity is now asking you to donate only on "action news" tonight at 11:00. >> and for cecily tynan, ducis rodgers and the entire "action news" team, i'm jim gardner. we hope you'll join us at 11:00. >> ♪♪
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the breaking news. the fib now called in on the train derailment. the conductor revealing new information about what she may have heard. was the train hit by some type of object? and the acceleration in the final seconds. the reaction coming in. the boston bomber sentenced to death. and the bomber's family. what they're now vowing to do. the reported tornado. 40 million bracing for a dangerous 24 hours. the abc news exclusive. bill cosby, breaking his silence right here, for the first time, right here. and the mystery fire at the vice president's house. the wealthy family gone. late details coming in. and, we remember an american legend.


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