An Amtrak train derails in Pennsylvania, leaving at least seven people dead and more than 200 injured.
LISTEN to FOX News Radio's special coverage of the Philadelphia Mayor's press conference Wednesday afternoon on the Amtrak train derailment:
The NTSB held a news conference Wednesday evening giving an update as to their preliminary findings - listen to the NTSB news conference here:
FOX News Radio's Tonya J. Powers has details on the crash:
Northeast Regional Train 188 derailed in north Philadelphia shortly after nine o'clock last night . It was headed from Washington, D.C. to New York City.
Scott Lauman was in a nearby parking lot when he heard a loud boom and ran to see what happened.
(Lauman) "And, that's when I saw... It's just total chaos."
He said the engine came to rest hundreds of yards from the track.
(Lauman) "And then about six or seven cars just followed it, right down the hill. Three, I think, three of 'em are on their side. One of 'em is sticking straight up in the air."
Rail service between New York City and Philadelphia has been shut down.
In New York City, Tonya J. Powers, FOX News Radio.
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are looking into what may have caused an Amtrak train to derail.
FOX News Radio's Gurnal Scott has more from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:
The major effect that's been happening around here, as we travel down to see what this train derailment is all about, is the effect that it's had on the city itself.
In the Port Richmond neighborhood, there is traffic all around and people struggling to see exactly what has gone on with this train and this community. It's not the first time a train has derailed in this community. Although, the first time was several decades ago.
But, people still have questions about what this train derailment means and how the track may have played a role in this tragedy.
In Philadelphia, Gurnal Scott, FOX News Radio.
READ a statement by President Obama on the Amtrak derailment:
"Along with Americans across our country, Michelle and I were shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the derailment aboard Amtrak Train 188. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of those we lost last night, and to the many passengers who today begin their long road to recovery. Along the Northeast Corridor, Amtrak is a way of life for many. From Washington, DC and Philadelphia to New York City and Boston, this is a tragedy that touches us all. As we work to determine exactly what happened, I commend the fire, police and medical personnel working tirelessly and professionally to save lives. Philadelphia is known as the city of brotherly love - a city of neighborhoods and neighbors - and that spirit of loving-kindness was reaffirmed last night, as hundreds of first responders and passengers lent a hand to their fellow human beings in need."