Newsletter for Thursday, March 14
Philadelphia and Pennsylvania flags fly at half-staff at Citizens Bank Park, in memoriam of the Amtrak 188 crash. Photo via @petzrawr on Instagram.
AMTRAK CRASH: WHAT WE KNOW, WHAT WE DON’T – THURSDAY EDITION
WHAT WE KNOW
- The name of the engineer on Amtrak 188: Brandon Bostian, of Queens, NY. He left police headquarters yesterday in the company of his lawyer, though he apparently did say he didn’t recall how fast he was going.
- The train was traveling at a rate of 105 mph in a 50 mph zone when the emergency brakes were applied. Unlike other Amtrak trains, it did not have technology that would have automatically slowed it down.
- More victims were identified, including Rachel Jacobs, the CEO of the Philadephia-based startup ApprenNET.
- A dozen people are still missing, and the death count could rise.
WHAT WE DON’T KNOW
- The identities of two other people who died in the crash.
- Whether any more victims will be found.
- How long the clean-up will take, and when the Northeast Corridor between Philadelphia and New York City will re-open.
Here’s a link to a post where we’re updating all this information as this story develops; you can click the “follow this” button here to get updates via email, or join our public Slack group, where we’re sharing information.
POLL: JIM KENNEY IS REALLY LEADING THE MAYOR’S RACE
Hey, look at that: Someone did a poll of the 2015 Democratic Mayoral Primary field! (ICYMI, here’s why that’s a big deal.) The Inquirer and NBC10 teamed up to pay for this sucker, and its results are a doozy. Jim Kenney has a double-digit lead over the field, pulling 42 percent in the survey. Anthony Williams and Lynne Abraham each notched 15 percent, with 14 percent of voters undecided and a margin of error of 4 points, either way. That’s pretty big news, with less than a week until actual people push buttons and end this thing.
TO DO: TALK PUBLIC ART ON BARTRAM’S MILE
WHAT: Connect with art, place-making and urban revitalization experts about enhancing Batram’s Mile, the next piece of the Schuylkill River Trail puzzle to be built out.
WHERE: The Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation at Drexel University
WHEN: 6-8 PM
HOW MUCH: Free
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HOW NEWSPAPERS COVERED THE AMTRAK CRASH
Amtrak’s Northeast Regional train 188 was on its way from Washington, D.C. to New York City when it somehow derailed near the Frankford section of the city. Six people have been reported dead and more than 200 others injured. Officials have yet to determine a cause. Here’s how everyone covered the news.
PHILLY RED CROSS VOLUNTEERS JUST SHOWED UP AT THE ACCIDENT
The Red Cross didn’t even have to call for volunteers last night after Amtrak 188 derailed near Port Richmond. The 45 or so volunteers that make up its disaster action team showed up on their own, waiting to receive word on how they could help. “They were ready to assist,” says Anthony Tornetta, director of communications for the American Red Cross Eastern Pennsylvania Region. You can help, too — and here’s how.