- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the death toll from Tuesday night’s Amtrak crash has risen to seven, but would not confirm reports that the train was traveling at or above 100 miles per hour before it crashed.

An Associated Press analysis of surveillance video just before the crash, which also injured more than 200 people, indicated it was traveling about 107 miles per hour as it approached a curve where the speed limit was about 50 miles per hour.

Mr. Nutter said he couldn’t confirm that and said he didn’t believe the National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the crash, would be in a position to confirm it.

The AP has identified two of the deceased: Justin Zemser, a 20-year-old U.S. Naval Academy midshipman from New York City and Jim Gaines, a 48-year-old Associated Press video software architect.

Mr. Nutter also spoke about the situation with President Obama, who expressed his condolences and also “pledged the full support of the federal government and all the agencies under the executive branch of the government,” the mayor said.

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