What we know about the fatal Amtrak crash that killed a 7-year-old girl
Amtrak crash investigators are still piecing together how the train was headed to Atlanta and what happened to a 7 and a half-year old girl who was in the car with her mother.
The accident, which occurred at 8:10 p.m. on Sunday, killed the girl and her mother, Christopher Anderson, and left the train car mangled and covered with debris.
Investigators have not yet released the identity of the girl’s father, a former Amtrak employee.
The parents’ names have not been released.
Officials said Anderson died on the way to the hospital, but investigators said they don’t know if the boy survived.
The investigation into the accident is still ongoing.
Anderson was on a train from New York City to Atlanta when the accident happened.
He was not aboard the train when it derailed.
Investigators said they do not believe the crash was caused by mechanical failure or the train’s faulty brakes.
Investigators said the train, with only five cars on the train at the time, was heading to New Jersey when it crashed.
Officials said a fire broke out shortly after the accident, and authorities found the girl on the tracks.
Investigators described the train as a white, two-seat diesel locomotive with a flatbed.
The engine had no brakes.
Train officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Amtrak spokeswoman Melissa O’Brien said the incident occurred in a busy, crowded area of the Northeast Corridor between New York and New Jersey, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northeast of New York’s Albany.
“We’re deeply saddened by the tragic loss of this young woman, and we ask for privacy at this difficult time,” she said in a statement.
The train is a “truly iconic locomotive,” said David O’Sullivan, president of the National Railroad Passenger Corp., the railroad’s union.
“It’s the kind of locomotive that is really popular and it’s the type of train that is used to carry a lot of passengers.”
Amtrak said in its statement that it is cooperating with authorities and will provide any information that may help investigators.