Newsletter for Wednesday, May 13
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Emergency workers swarm the scene of the Amtrack Northeast Regional train that crashed last night in Frankford. Photo via @socialsf on Instagram.
FATAL AMTRAK CRASH: WHAT WE KNOW, WHAT WE DON’T
- Amtrak’s Northeast Regional 188 train crashed just after 9:30 PM last night, with 238 passengers and five crew aboard.
- Five people were reported dead at the scene of the crash in Frankford. One died in a hospital overnight. Eight more are critically hurt. A total of 65 people were treated at area hospitals, 54 of them at Temple University’s hospital.
- In the words of Mayor Michael Nutter last night at the crash site, “It’s an absolute disastrous mess. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.”
- Today, heavy equipment like cranes and bulldozers will be working at the crash site in an effort to comb through the wreckage.
- The Northeast Corridor, which runs between Washington, D.C. and Boston and is Amtrak’s most popular line, is closed between Philadelphia and New York City.
- SEPTA’s Trenton line will also be closed today.
- What caused the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating, and that process takes time — as in more than one news cycle, likely a few weeks.
- Whether anyone else will be found in the wreckage. That’s why the heavy equipment is coming.
- The identities of who has died in the crash.
- The scope of the injuries to those still hospitalized, particularly those in critical condition.
- When the Northeast Corridor will re-open. It’s too soon to tell, with a crash of this magnitude.
- Follow our story on the crash, and we’ll email you with updates.
CHARLES RAMSEY 101: POLICING AND THE MAYOR’S RACE
This was supposed to be an election about public education. Yet the Philadelphia mayor’s race has suddenly veered into the topic of policing. You’ve heard every candidate declare intentions about an appointed position, in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray and the ensuing demonstrations in Baltimore and Philly. So what will the next mayor do with Commissioner Charles Ramsey? Where’d he come from anyway? In a nutshell: How we got here.
TO DO: ADULTS-ONLY COCKTAILS AT SMITH PLAYGROUND
WHAT: Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse’s annual party featuring food trucks, music, games, a silent auction and guest of honor Philadelphia Eagle Connor Barwin
WHERE: 3500 Reservoir Drive
HOW MUCH: $50 and up
BILLY PENN LIKES
THE BEST BAD YELP REVIEWS OF PHILLY RESTAURANTS
Craig LaBan is the Philadelphia Inquirer‘s restaurant critic; he gives restaurants “bells” rather than stars (because Philly!) and he’s pretty much the only game in town. And he eats everywhere, from tiny BYOBs in East Passyunk run by Top Chef winners or hugely popular fine dining restaurants in Rittenhouse. But how does that compare to the wackos on Yelp? Just like we did with some of the city’s best landmarks, we checked out the site’s “user reviews” of some of the restaurants that got some of LaBan’s best marks. Here’s what we found.
KENSINGTON KINETIC IS THIS WEEKEND, FOLKS
People piloting sculptures in wacky costumes will take over the streets of Kensington and Fishtown on Saturday, as dozens of Philadelphians strap on their helmets, their weirdly-themed clothing and ride decorated bikes through the neighborhoods. Think Mummers on wheels: The pilots that take part in the annual Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby work all year to come up with human-powered float-like sculptures to parade through the streets. They get pretty strange — but 15,000 people will watch, and here’s why.