As of May 13, 2015, at least 140 people have been injured and six people have been killed in the Philadelphia Amtrak accident involving Northeast Regional Train 188. The train, which was transporting a total of 238 passengers and five crew members, derailed around Frankford Junction near the 2000 block of Wheatsheaf Lane in the Port Richmond section of North Philadelphia. The accident occurred around 9:00 P.M. while the train was en route from Washington D.C. to New York.
More than 140 passengers have been hospitalized for serious injuries, including numerous cases of broken bones and bone fractures. If you or one of your loved ones suffered a broken bone or other serious injury in this terrible disaster, the personal injury lawyers of The Reiff Law Firm want to help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their family members as Philadelphia and the rest of the nation mourn this devastating loss of human life.
Frankford Junction: Did Speeding Cause the Pennsylvania Amtrak Train 188 Accident?
While the details are still developing, the Train 188 Amtrak accident is without a doubt one of the most devastating and catastrophic train accidents in Philadelphia’s long railroad history. The last accident to approach this terrible tragedy in scale occurred in 1943 with the Frankford Junction train accident, which caused 79 deaths and 117 injuries.
It’s no coincidence that the Train 188 accident also occurred near Frankford Junction, with the derailment occurring at nearly the very same spot as the tragedy of 1943. While investigators are still analyzing the exact causes of the disaster, excessive train speed likely played a major role in contributing to the derailment.
Frankford Junction features a sharp curve, which means that train operators must slow down their vehicles in order to pass through the junction safely. Normally, trains passing through Frankford Junction are held to a speed limit of 50 MPH. However, modern Amtrak trains are capable of reaching speeds up to 100 MPH – twice the safe limit required to navigate through Frankford Junction’s curve.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will continue to investigate the scene of the accident in search for the cause of this horrible event. Mayor Nutter has declined to publicly speculate on contributing factors, but stated, “This was an absolute disastrous mess. I have never seen anything like it in my life.” Philadelphia Fire Department Deputy Commissioner Jesse Wilson made similar comments, stating, “I’ve never seen anything so devastating. They’re in pretty bad shape. You can see that they’re completely, completely derailed from the track. They’ve been destroyed completely.”
We will continue to update our website with breaking information about the causes behind this virtually unprecedented disaster.
Common Types of Bone Fractures and Skeletal Injuries
More than 140 people have been hospitalized for various injuries ranging in severity from mild to life-threatening. Officials have stated at least six accident victims are listed in critical condition. Victims have been admitted to area hospitals including Hahnemann University Hospital, Temple University Hospital, the Albert Einstein Medical Center, Aria Health – Frankford, and Jefferson University Hospital. Injuries range from minor lacerations to catastrophic physical trauma. We can only hope the survivors make full recoveries as soon as possible.
Many of the injured suffer from broken bones and bone fractures due to causes like being trapped under debris, colliding with other passengers, and being struck with falling objects like luggage and other loose items on board the train. The tremendous amount of force, weight, and momentum involved in train crashes sadly means the potential for catastrophic injury is high.
Different types of bone fracture injuries include:
- Buckled Fractures – These occur when two ends of bones are impacted into each other. For this reason they are sometimes called impact fractures.
- Comminuted Fractures – These involve a bone breaking up into multiple smaller pieces.
- Greenstick Fractures – This is a partial fracture where the affected bone bends. Children are especially vulnerable to greenstick fractures.
- Oblique Fractures – Fractures are called oblique when the break is on a curved or sloping angle instead of straight across horizontally.
- Stress Fractures – These fractures occur when bones develop thin cracks.
If you or one of your loved ones suffered from any of these injuries, or if one of your loved ones was an Amtrak accident wrongful death victim, we urge you to call our Amtrak train derailment lawyers to see how we can help your family fight for the justice and compensation you deserve. Your consultation is completely free and we will keep your information confidential. Call us right away at (215) 709-6940. Nothing can undo this horrible tragedy, but you don’t have to face it alone.
If you’re looking for information about a loved one, call Amtrak’s emergency hotline at (800) 523-9101.