PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Several area hospitals treated those that were injured in a deadly train derailment in Philadelphia’s Port Richmond neighborhood Tuesday night.
Area hospitals that treated patients included Hahnemann University Hospital, Temple University Hospital, Aria Frankford Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Albert Einstein Medical Center.
Family members received word from injured passengers as they arrived at hospitals for treatment. One father received a call from his daughter and drove to Hahnemann University Hospital from Delaware after she informed him that she was on board the train that derailed.
“She said, ‘hey dad, I’m OK, but we’re here in North Philadelphia and our train got derailed,’” the father told CBS 3 Eyewitness News.
“And she said ‘I love you’ three times.”
CBS 3 Eyewitness News also spoke with Dr. Rob Danoff of Aria Frankford Hospital who described the scene as passengers came in following the derailment.
“Our trauma team and the emergency medicine physicians were treating some of the most sick. There were some people with some bad internal injuries,” Danoff explained.
Danoff added that there were definitely some significant injuries and that there were a number of concussions due to the impact. Danoff also added that from what passengers told him, it seems like the most significant injuries occurred within the first two-three cars of the train.
KYW Newsradio’s Cherri Gregg reports that Temple University’s trauma center saw the largest number of passengers, with at least three dozen being transported to their emergency room.
Dozens of doctors, nurses and emergency technicians were on hand standing ready outside of Temple’s emergency room waiting for transport vehicles. One by one police vans rolled up, dropping off passengers from the deadly derailment. Many could walk, others were taken out in wheelchairs or on a stretcher.
Those who appeared to be related to injured passengers spoke to hospital officials and were taken to a holding area to await word on the status. A spokeswoman for the hospital says passenger injuries range from minor to serious.
KYW’s Cherri Gregg contributed to this report