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Amtrak service through Philadelphia won't resume Monday

3 years 7 months 2 days ago Friday, May 15 2015 May 15, 2015 May 15, 2015 2:19 PM May 15, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

PHILADELPHIA - Amtrak now says its rail service between New York and Philadelphia will probably be suspended through Monday, while tracks and other equipment are repaired in the area where a derailment Tuesday night killed eight people.

The railroad had earlier said limited service would resume Monday.

The last of the wrecked railcars were removed today, and taken on flatbed trucks to an Amtrak facility in Delaware for further examination.

The first funeral for one of the eight victims was held this morning. Services for Justin Zemser, a 20-year-old midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy, took place on Long Island.

Six of the injured remained in critical condition but were expected to pull through.

The National Transportation Safety Board has said that the train's engineer has agreed to talk to federal accident investigators in the coming days. Investigators want to know why the train accelerated rapidly to more than 100 miles an hour in the last minute or so before the derailment.

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