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first tonight at 7:00, we have learned the amtrak train that derailed in philadelphia was traveling at twice the speed limit when it went off the rails. seven people were killed. several more remain in the hospital tonight. thank you for joining us. i'm leslie foster. derek is joining us live from philly with the latest on the deadly derailment. >> reporter: i'm here several yards from the crash scene. i want you to look across the street where you can see the n.t.s.b. and authorities hard at work pulling portable light packs into the area. that means they plan to be here
as the sun goes down and perhaps well into the late night hours as this investigation is intense. it will go on for some time now. n.t.s.b. officials earlier described conclusions as preliminary. they are described as robust. here's what we know so far. n.t.s.b. says that train, number 188, from washington, d.c. union station was going 106 miles per hour when it hit the curve last night. a curve rated only for 50 miles per hour. as of now another body was recovered from the train today. that brings the death toll to seven. eight people are still in critical condition from that accident. they are in philadelphia hospitals. the n.t.s.b. says action tram train 188 was traveling in excess of 100 miles per hour when it entered the curve where it derailed. >> maximum authorized speed
through the curve was 50 miles per hour. when the engineer induced brake application was implied, the train was traveling at 106 miles per hour. >> reporter: the train's black box has been found and is being sent to washington for more analysis. the passenger cars and locomotive will be moved to a secure location shortly. we should know i know you want to know what did the engineer have to say about what happened last night? he has not yet talked to investigators. they tell us today he lawyered up instead. investigators hope to talk to him in coming days. in the meantime we can tell you that the federal railroad administration inspected the tracks recently. they found nothing at all wrong with the tracks. this goes on tonight. no defects in the tracks. we should also tell you the train has forward facing cameras, which could hold more
clues about what happened. there are a lot of details developing tonight. deborah is picking up the team coverage. >> reporter: this is a story that hit use in the gut. many of us take the train from new york city to philly to don't you may know someone who does. all the people who live around here know what it was like to be here and to hear it and see it. >> they covered him over. like you don't want to walk down there. there are bodies everywhere. >> reporter: tuesday night's plunge into chaos and darkness gave way to wednesday's search for passengers. searchers looking for passengers still not accounted for. the brakes were applied before the crash. from train was traveling 106 miles per hour where it entered the curve where it derailed. n.t.s.b. have not spoke to the engineer
of amtrak train 188 but they hope to. you are looking at video of the firsthand view of what investigators are seeing. eileen washington who lives here says she'll never forget what she saw last night. >> i seen them coming out with stretchers and people with all types of injuries, shaken up, bloody faces. it was like the walking dead. >> reporter: she was sitting on her stoop and shared what she saw. it certainly affected her. n.t.s.b. investigators will be here quite a while. they are going to have their next press conference. that will be tomorrow. certainly we'll be here live through the night and have updates for you here on the air and online and on our app. we'll send it back to derek and see what is going on with you. thank you very much. >> reporter: thank you, i appreciate that. some of the neighbors are nicer than others around this part of town.
investigators are still trying to track down all of the passengers on board that train last night. if you know somebody or you have questions there is a number to call. 1-800-523-9101. family members can call the number if you want to check on relatives. there is a family assistance center set up at the marriott hotel 12th and market street in philadelphia. within the hour we learned that a former rockville resident sadly is one of those seven victims in that crash from last night. he lived in new york. he was a senior vp with wells fargo. he was 55 years old. he was in town for his uncle's funeral. he was on the amtrak going back home to new york. he leaves behind a wife and two adult children. there were 200 others injuried in the crash, some far more severely than others. several hurt are treated at
temple university hospital. that's where we find scott broom who has been there much of the day. >> reporter: derek, among the many lucky ones, survivors who walked out of this hospital treated and released today was a d.c. resident. we'll talk to him in a home. let's talk about the catastrophic injuries. what happens to your body when you are on a train that goes off the rails at 106 miles per hour. a few moments ago here at the hospital we talked with a medical director, dr. cushion. >> i'm surprised at the number of rib injuries. that surprised me. and the relative few head injuries. i think we are fortunate there weren't more deaths. the more speed the more force you got. it did not help, certainly. >> reporter: among the lucky survives leaving the hospital a
d.c. red, caleb bonham, a 28- year-old web editor. >> there is a lot of people hurting on that train. i'm blessed. >> we were tipping. chairs were rolling all over the place. everything broke down in the train. >> everybody on that train was helping people. there was some older people on the train that needed a lot of assistance and people stepped up. there is no doubt. >> reporter: other survivors echoed his recollections of passengers helping other passengers first. >>i'm still here. i'm still walking. i got really lucky. >> this is a nightmare. i saw so many head injuries and bloody faces. >> reporter: back here live at temple university hospital, dr. cushion told us he expects a. no the 23 people here at the hospital to be released tomorrow. some could be kept six to seven days. 28 people here. 8 critical. this is one of the six
hospitals that treated victims of the train tragedy last night. that's the situation at the temple university hospital in philadelphia. scott broom reporting. let's go to stephanie ramirez with thoughts about victims who did not make it. >> reporter: we know two people are missing. we have three people identified here. i'm outside of the associatedelm and 13th street northwest. there was a 20-year-old from new york studying at annapolis naval academy passed. today a third victim has been identified. we confirmed with his rockville family through a colleague speaking with the family. he leaves behind a wife, son and a daughter. a 55-year-old wells fargo
senior vice president is the latest victim identified in the amtrak wreck. the other victim was justin zimmer. >> he was a a loving son who was community-minded. >> reporter: photos on her facebook page show a mother extremely proud of her son. the victim, 48-year-old jim gains father of two and software architect on his way home from new jersey from meetings in d.c. many people through our region deeply grieving and trying to come to terms with the tragedy. >> it drives home the fact that every moment is precious. we should wrap our arms around life as we have it. >> it was wonderful. everybody looked up to my son. there is no other words i can say. >> reporter: the third victim identified as we know he was in town for his uncle's funeral and headed home in new york.
his family in maryland now mourning and deeply grieving. we spoke to people today who are able to find their loved ones who got off the train with injuries but they are alive. they are breathing a sigh of relief today. they are offering their deepest sympathies and condolences to all of the victims involved here. stephanie ramirez in northwest d.c. i'm going to give it back to my colleague derek live in philadelphia. >> reporter: terrible, terrible tragedy in philadelphia. seven lives lost. dozens, perhaps scores of lives changed forever. the n.t.s.b. now trying to clean up this mess. i'm going back to the words of the mayor michael nutter who says this is a disaster mess. no more press conferences are scheduled tonight as far as we know. they expect to come back at us tomorrow, perhaps around the
same time, maybe late tomorrow we should know what they find out then. reporting live from frank fort avenue in philadelphia back to you. >> i heard a train expert say today that ten miles above the posted speed limit for a train operator could get that operator decertified. n.t.s.b. seems to not be wanting to go there. have you heard anymore conversation about what it means this train was going 106? is that wreckless endangerment? >> reporter: that speed the thing everybody is look at. it seems painfully obvious to us lay people that that has thing to do with what went wrong. n.t.s.b. cautious in drawing any conclusions at all, except what they can tell you from the black box data hard numbers, 106 miles per hour around a 50
mile-per-hour turn. they are waiting to talk to the engineer. their investigation will go a week. they are not here to cast blame. they want to know how it happened and what happened. they will take their time and do it right. we'll know when they know. >> thank you very much. thousands of passengers were stranded in d.c. by that crash. >> a whole lot of northbound trains out of georgia and florida stopped at union station and ordered the riders off. scores of passengers were trying to board buses to get home to new york, new jersey and massachusetts. some were mad about the chaos and confusion. >> they pulled them ahead of us. why they didn't say get in this first line. they said get in the second line. now we are waiting two hours where these people just came up and they are getting on the bus. >> n.t.s.b. has to release the crash site back to the railroads before amtrak can start to begin putting together a schedule for service between new york and philadelphia. it is not clear when that will
happen. we'll continue to look at any developments through this newscast and the rest of the evening. you can get breaking news alerts using wusa 9 app. amtrak was on the agenda today on capitol hill where a push to increase the budget by a billion dollars failed. a democratic representative offers an amendment to the gop bill to give amtrak the full $2.5 million the president requested. that included $56 million for the northeast corridor. committee rejected a plan and passed another budget to give amtrak a billion dollars, which is less than this year's budget. in more news, we have a new request today following the death of a rockville, maryland couple what investigators want neighbors to give them that could help crack the case. what a difference 24-hours makes. check out this map.
montgomery county state's attorney is requesting video from the glen hills community in rockville where a couple was murdered this weekend. police hope home video captured a suspicious person or vehicle residents don't recognize. the 65-year-old and 67-year-old were found dead on mother's day with trauma to their upper bodies. police say this was a burglary and the suspects crawled into the home through a window. >> we are not talking about immediately in the area of ridge road. we are talking about lake wood country club, and this entire community. if you have exterior cameras we are interesting in looking at
your footage. >> there is a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. it is now up to a jury to detide the fate of the boston marathon bomber. jurors wrapped up deliberations 45 minutes ago. the prosecution showed graphic photos of the aftermath of the explosion calling it terrorism. saying his goal was to murder and mutilate. his lawyers asked jurors to chose life for a shy kid who fell under his brother's influence. that 12 member jury must agree on one of the 17 capital counts for him to be executed. otherwise he'll be sentenced to life in prison. keep those jackets close by. topper is tracking a cool start to your
that will lead to a chilly night with 40s in the suburbs. bus stop temperatures 44 to 62 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. a great finish to the week. a few clouds on friday. still a nice finish. the weekend will be warmer. more humid. with that will come the threat of thunderstorms. it is not going to be a washout. 10:00 tonight upper 50s low 60s. nice night to walk the dog. 6:00 a.m. we have temperatures in the 40s. frederick 40. 49 manassas. 49 culpepper. 9:00 we are still looking at temperatures in the upper 50s to 60. then we get into the 1:00 hour and we are looking at temperatures near 70. a beautiful day tomorrow. sunshine. no wind to speak of. that is a good thing. by 6:00 mainly low 70s across the board. 72 in frederick. by 9:30 tomorrow, generally we are looking at temperatures in the low to mid 60s.
it will not be as chilly tomorrow. if you are out late, you'll need a sweater. tonight clear and chilly. open the windows, but not too far. 44 to 52 for lows. day planner 55 at 7:00. 60 by 9:00. 65 by 11:00. 70 by 1:00. next three days cloud and milder on friday. temperatures in the upper 70s. respectable finish to the week. warmer and more humid on saturday. isolated storms. we are in the low 80s. next seven days. mid 80s on sunday. a few more storms. still not a washout. monday we are looking at mid 80s and a few storms. nats back in town tuesday and wednesday. early shower on tuesday. cooling off wednesday with highs in the mid 70s. with a win capsuwill
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