(Philadelphia, PA — May 13, 2015) – A “horrific scene” greeted investigators and emergency personnel today as they combed through the wreckage of last night’s Amtrak derailment.
Over 200 passengers and crew were injured, and at least seven died as the train – running from Washington, DC to New York – derailed around 9:30pm last night.
For those in Washington, DC, the derailment brought back memories of a rail disaster that hit more close to home. On February 16, 1996, a MARC commuter train collided with Amtrak’s Capitol Limited in Silver Spring, Maryland. Eleven passengers and crew were killed on the MARC train; 26 others on the two trains were injured.
Still others in Washington, DC seemed to take the Amtrak derailment in stride.
“The Metro [Washington, DC’s subway system] has been trying to kill us for years,” said a disgruntled passenger, speaking on condition of anonymity. “They slaughtered nine people a few years ago [June 22, 2009] and they just killed a woman back in January. And they just had another electrical incident this week.
“They keep telling us that riding the train is safe, but I’m not so sure anymore.”
While the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Railroad Administration are on-site and involved in the investigation, and while the data recorders – similar to the black boxes found on airplanes – have been recovered, and while preliminary information shows the train was traveling at 100mph in a 50mph zone, it could take months to determine what actually caused the derailment.
But some have their own theories.
“We know what caused the accident,” said a spokesman for Representative Bill Flores (R-TX), speaking on condition of anonymity. “Two words: gay marriage.
“God is the Great Train Conductor. Right now God is angry about the gay marriage issue, and he shows his anger in angry ways. When we say He loves all His children, we naturally mean his White Christian children. And that means His White Christian children who follow the Bible to the letter of the law. Not the heathen laws set down by activist judges. His law.”
Flores made a similar claim last month, blaming the Baltimore riots on gay marriage.