Philadelphia Amtrak crash: investigators find eighth body, fire chief says

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Crews pulled an eighth body Thursday from the wreckage of the Amtrak train that crashed in Philadelphia, and authorities said they believed everyone on board had been accounted for.

Derrick Sawyer, the Philadelphia fire commissioner, confirmed the eighth death. He said that a search dog discovered it in the train’s mangled first car. Authorities did not immediately identify the victim.

Mayor Michael Nutter said for the first time that all 243 people on board had been accounted for.

“Unfortunately, again, we must now report that we have confirmed eight deceased from this horrible tragedy,” the mayor said.

Amtrak’s CEO, Joseph H. Boardman, told reporters: “Amtrak’s heartbroken for what happened here.”

The train, Amtrak Regional 188, derailed Tuesday night on its way from Washington to New York. More than 200 people were injured.

Federal investigators said Wednesday that the train was hurtling at 106 mph, more than twice the speed limit for the sharp curve where it derailed. The engineer, Brandon Bostian, slammed on the brakes at the last minute, but the train only slowed to 102.

The engineer, who was injured, does not remember the crash, his lawyer told ABC News. The National Transportation Safety Board hopes to interview Bostian in the next day or so, an official said Thursday morning on TODAY.

Nutter said that the train had left Washington on time, at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, and that it had left Philadelphia on time, too.

At least 47 people were still in the hospital on Thursday. At Temple University Hospital, eight patients were in critical condition. The chief medical officer there, Dr. Herb Cushing, told reporters that he expected everyone to get better and go home.

He said that some may need counseling.

“The injuries were sustained by most folks because they had things fall on them,” he said. “And those things included other people. That was a very common story that I heard.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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