At least five people have been killed after an Amtrak train derailed near Philadelphia, leaving 10 carriages overturned.Dozens of passengers were injured in the incident, which Mayor Michael Nutter described as “an absolute disastrous mess”.
Some passengers climbed out of windows to get away.
Mr Nutter said: “I’ve never seen anything like this in my life.
“It is a devastating scene down there.
“We walked the entire length of the train area, and the engine completely separated from the rest of the train, and one of the cars is perpendicular to the rest of the cars.
Firefighters said dozens of people have been taken to hospital and six of those are critically injured.
The train, from Washington to New York, was reported to have been travelling at around 60mph when it left the tracks.
It is believed to have been carrying 238 passengers and five crew members.
Passenger Paul Cheung said “the train started to decelerate, like someone had slammed the brake”.
“Then suddenly you could see everything starting to shake,” he said.
“You could see people’s stuff flying over me.
“The front of the train is really mangled. It’s a complete wreck.
“The whole thing is like a pile of metal.”
Daniel Wetrin, another passenger, said: “I think the fact that I walked off (the train) kind of made it even more surreal because a lot of people didn’t walk off.
“I walked off as if, like, I was in a movie.
“There were people standing around, people with bloody faces.
“There were people, chairs, tables mangled about in the compartment … power cables all buckled down as you stepped off the train.”
In March, at least 55 people were injured when an Amtrak train collided with a tractor-trailer that was stuck on the tracks in North Carolina.