- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

President Obama said Wednesday he was “shocked and deeply saddened” by the Amtrak train crash that killed six people and injured more than 60 others Tuesday night.

In a statement, the president said that Amtrak is a way of life for many in the Northeast Corridor, and that the tragedy touched close to home for many who rely on Amtrak trains each day.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of those we lost last night, and to the many passengers who today begin their long road to recovery. Along the Northeast Corridor, Amtrak is a way of life for many,” Mr. Obama said. “From Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia to New York City and Boston, this is a tragedy that touches us all. As we work to determine exactly what happened, I commend the fire, police and medical personnel working tirelessly and professionally to save lives.”

Authorities are investigating the cause of the crash. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said investigators have recovered the equivalent of a “black box” from the crash site and its contents are being examined.

In his own statement, Vice President Joseph R. Biden, one of Washington’s most vocal Amtrak supporters, expressed condolences to the families of the victims and called the crash “a terrible tragedy.”

“The victims could have been any one of our parents, children, or someone from one of our communities. Amtrak is like a second family to me, as it is for so many other passengers,” he said. “For my entire career, I’ve made the trip from Wilmington to Washington and back. I’ve come to know the conductors, engineers, and other regulars — men and women riding home to kiss their kids goodnight — as we passed the flickering lights of each neighborhood along the way. Our thoughts are with every person who is grieving right now from this terrible tragedy. As a nation, we pray for the victims and their families.”

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