Temple: 12 Amtrak Passengers Remain Hospitalized, 5 Critical
[Update 1:38 p.m.] CNN reports: “Twenty-five people were still being treated at five hospitals midday Friday, including eight in critical condition, according to hospital spokespeople.” The numbers below reflect just the people hospitalized at Temple.
[Original] Temple University Hospital released information on the passengers still in the hospital from Tuesday night’s crash of Amtrak 188.
The hospital now has 12 passengers from the crash, up from 11 the day before. One patient was transferred from another hospital overnight. Five patients are in critical condition.
In other news surrounding the Amtrak derailment:
• With Amtrak out of service until at least Tuesday, airfares between New York and Washington have soared. Some flights between JFK and Dulles Airport cost $1,000 for coach seats. “It’s opportunism,” travel expert George Hobica told the New York Daily News. “The airlines know it’s a big business route and they can charge what they want.” The NYDN reports fares usually cost $200, or $600 for last-minute tickets.
• The Washington Post has detailed maps of the site of the derailment.
• NBC News has a video of a train simulator showing how hard it is to slow down a train ahead of a curve. “You’ve got to slow down slowly otherwise you’re going to have a lot of in train forces and you can jack-knife the train,” Chris Smutny of Modoc Railroad told NBC.
• President Obama made a push for infrastructure funding while honoring the victims of the crash. “We need to invest in the infrastructure that keeps us that way,” he said. “And not just when something bad happens, like a bridge collapse or a train derailment, but all the time. That’s what great nations do.”