CHDS Alumni Lead Response to Philadelphia Amtrak Train Derailment
On May 12, 2015, an Amtrak Northeast Regional train from Washington, D.C. bound for New York City derailed and crashed on the Northeast Corridor in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Of 238 passengers and 5 crew on board, 8 were killed and over 200 injured, 11 critically. The train was traveling at 102 mph (164 km/h) in a 50 mph (80 km/h) zone of curved tracks when it derailed.
Some of the passengers had to be extricated from the crashed cars. Many of the passengers and local residents helped first responders during the rescue operation. Five local hospitals treated the injured. The derailment disrupted train service for several days. (Source: Wikipedia). Read the full story …
- Press coverage of alumni leaders involved in the response
- About CHDS alumni from Pennsylvania [pdf]
- Theses from alumni responders:
- “Rethinking Disasters: Finding Efficiencies Through Collaboration” [pdf], by Samantha Phillips – Deputy Managing Director, Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management