Mayor: “We’ve suffered a tragedy in our city”

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter speaks at a news conference near the scene of a deadly train wreck, Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Philadelphia. An Amtrak train headed to New York City derailed and crashed in Philadelphia on Tuesday night killing at least six people and injuring dozens more. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

PHILADELPHIA (WDTN) – The Mayor of Philadelphia MIchael Nutter spoke to reporters Wednesday afternoon about the Amtrak derailment that killed at least seven so far.

Nutter was reluctant to offer any details but said, “We’ve suffered a tragedy in our City. Seven people died which is a rare event.” Nutter also said he couldn’t remember a rail disaster of this type in the last 50 years.

Nutter said he had just returned from a tour of the crash site with both Senators Bob Casey and Pat Toomey.

During the conference both Senators pledged support for the City of Philadelphia and offered to help as much as they could. Senator Toomey said the scene was, “a horrific and heartbreaking scene.”

Mayor Nutter also said he spoke with President Obama on the phone. Obama expressed his concern and promised help from the Federal level. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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