In the moments after Amtrak 188, traveling from Washington to New York, derailed in Philadelphia, dazed survivors began sharing images and video from the scene. Here's a look:
Patrick Murphy, who hosts MSNBC’s “Taking the Hill” and served in Congress from 2007 to 2011, said he was on the train. He posted dramatic photos on Twitter showing rescue workers and injured passengers.
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Passenger Janelle Richards, who is a producer for "NBC Nightly News," tweeted a video she took on a train car, moments after the crash, showing passengers attempting to push open a door and exit the train.
Cheung told the AP that the train had “started to decelerate, like someone had slammed the brake.”
“Then suddenly you could see everything starting to shake,” he said. “You could see people's stuff flying over me.”
Cheung said he escaped from the back of his car. Some cars were tipped on their sides, and passengers tried to exit through the windows, he said.
Beth Davidz, a New York-based journalist and developer, shared a photo of several people standing and sitting on top of a train car, which appeared to be on its side. A few people looked on from the tracks below.
The passenger told Rivers that he'd removed the glass from one side of the train car so people could exit, but saw that the drop to the ground was too far. When he and other passengers exited on the other side of the car, he said, he wasn't even wearing any shoes.
"We're OK," the man said. "A few bruises."
Times staff writer Ryan Parker contributed to this report.
May 13, 11:10 a.m.: This article was updated with additional posts from reporters who arrived on scene.
This article was originally published at 9:16 a.m.