2015 Philadelphia train derailment

Amtrak train derailment

The 2015 Philadelphia train derailment happened on May 12, 2015. An Amtrak Northeast Regional train derailed in the Port Richmond area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

NTSB workers look at the train

Amtrak Northeast Regional No. 188 was on its way from Washington, D.C. to New York City. It derailed at 9:23 pm. The train went off the track. Some cars fell onto their sides.

The accident killed eight people and injured more than 200 people.[1]


The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said that there were no signs which suggested that the derailment was related to terrorism. A team from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) also investigated.

The driver of the train, Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian, suffered wounds to the legs and head, including a concussion, and was said to be unable to remember the incident.[2][3]


  1. "6 Killed When Amtrak Train Derails". MSN. Retrieved May 13, 2015.
  2. Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Matt Flegenheimer, and Richard Pérez-Peña (May 14, 2015). "Brandon Bostian Agrees to Talk About Amtrak Derailment But May Recall Little". New York Times. Retrieved May 14, 2015.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. Dave Philipps and Emma G. Fitzsimmons (May 14, 2015). "For Amtrak Engineer Brandon Bostian, Childhood Passion Became A Career". New York Times. Retrieved May 14, 2015.