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Amtrak derailment

Authorities continue to investigate the scene of a fatal train derailment on a route between Washington and New York last night. The death toll stood at seven Wednesday afternoon with more than 200 injured from the accident that occurred in Philadelphia at a notorious curve on the line.--By Lloyd Young
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Emergency personnel work at the scene of a deadly train derailment on May 13 in Philadelphia. The Amtrak train, headed to New York City, derailed and crashed in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, killing at least seven people and injuring dozens of others. (Patrick Semansky/Associated Press)
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Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, center right, hugs Lori Dee Patterson, a nearby resident, after she handed him a cup of coffee after he spoke at a news conference near the scene of a deadly train derailment on May 13 in Philadelphia. (Matt Slocum/Associated Press)
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(Andrew Burton/Getty Images The New York Amtrak information board shows the Washington-bound train from New York as cancelled after an Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia last night. )
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Investigators and first responders work near the wreckage of an Amtrak passenger train carrying more than 200 passengers from Washington, D.C. to New York that derailed late last night on May 13 in north Philadelphia. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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People wait to board a bus from New York to Washington D.C. on May 13 in New York City. An Amtrak train crash in Philadelphia last night has forced train service to be suspended between New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C., causing commuters to use NJ Transit, flights and bus services. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
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Men walk towards the site of a derailed Amtrak train in Philadelphia, Pa., on May 13. An Amtrak passenger train with more than 200 passengers on board derailed in north Philadelphia on Tuesday night, killing at least seven people and injuring scores of others, several of them critically, authorities said. Authorities said they had no idea what caused the train wreck at about 9:30 p.m. local time that left some rail cars mangled, ripped open and strewn upside down and on their sides in the city's Port Richmond neighborhood along the Delaware River. (Mike Segar/Reuters )
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The remains of an Amtrak train that derailed on its way from Washington, D.C. to New York City are seen just outside Philadelphia on May 13. (Jom Lo Scalzo/EPA)
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Emergency personnel work the scene of a deadly train wreck on May 12 in Philadelphia. An Amtrak train headed to New York City derailed and tipped over in Philadelphia. (Joseph Kaczmarek/Associated Press)
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A woman waits to board her train at an almost empty boarding area at the Union Station on May 13 in Washington, D.C. Service has been interrupted after Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia last night, killing at least seven people and injured more than 200. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Emergency personnel transport a person at the scene of a train wreck on May 12 in Philadelphia. (Matt Slocum/Associated Press)
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The Delarosa, Eldridge, Macko, and Trainor families gather on front door steps and monitor phone updates of an Amtrak passenger train carrying more than 200 passengers from Washington, D.C. to New York that derailed on May 12. (Mark Makela/Getty Images)
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Emergency responders search for passengers following an Amtrak train derailment in the Frankfort section of Philadelphia, Pa., on May 12. An Amtrak passenger train with more than 200 passengers on board derailed in north Philadelphia on Tuesday night, killing at least seven people and injuring many others, several of them critically, authorities said. Authorities said they had no idea what caused the train wreck, which left some demolished rail cars strewn upside down and on their sides in the city's Port Richmond neighborhood along the Delaware River. (Bryan Woolston/Reuters)
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A rescuer searches for injured people inside the derailed Amtrak train in Philadelphia on May 12 in a photo provided by former Pennsylvania Congressman Patrick Murphy, who was a passenger on the train. An Amtrak passenger train with more than 200 passengers on board derailed in north Philadelphia on Tuesday night, killing at least seven people and injuring scores of others, several of them critically, authorities said. (Patrick Murphy)
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Police and Fire Rescue personnel work the scene of a deadly train wreck on May 12 in Philadelphia. An Amtrak train headed to New York City derailed and tipped over in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, mangling the front of it, tearing the cars apart and killing several people. (Tom Gralish/The Philadelphia Inquirer via Associated Press)
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Emergency personnel work the scene of a train wreck on May 12 in Philadelphia. An Amtrak train headed to New York City derailed and tipped over in Philadelphia. (Joseph Kaczmarek/Associated Press)
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A crime scene investigator looks inside a train car after a train wreck on May 12 in Philadelphia. An Amtrak train headed to New York City derailed and crashed in Philadelphia. (Joseph Kaczmarek/Associated Press)
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Emergency personnel help a passenger at the scene of a train wreck on May 12 in Philadelphia. (Joseph Kaczmarek/Associated Press)
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Injured Amtrak passengers that were bused from to New York from Philadelphia wait at Penn Station on May 13 in New York. Rescuers on Wednesday combed through the mangled wreckage of a derailed train in Philadelphia after an accident that left at least seven dead, as the difficult search for possible survivors continued. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)
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Emergency personnel work at the scene of a deadly train wreck on May 13 in Philadelphia after a fatal Amtrak derailment Tuesday night, in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia. Federal investigators arrived Wednesday to determine why an Amtrak train jumped the tracks in a wreck that killed at least seven people, and injured dozens. (Patrick Semansky/Associated Press)
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