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Red Cross Aiding Passengers of Amtrak Train 188 Derailment

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Following last night’s tragic Amtrak Train #188 derailment, the Red Cross in Philadelphia has opened a family and friends center...


Philadelphia Marirott Downtown, 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19017

American Red Cross workers in Philadelphia are providing comfort and support to people after the tragic Amtrak train derailment Tuesday night.

Overnight in Philadelphia, the Red Cross opened two family assistance and reunification centers for families to gather. One is now open atthe Philadelphia Marriott Downtown (1201 Market Street). In addition to emotional support, volunteers are providing food, comfort kits, blankets and clothing at these sites. Amtrak has set up a hotline, 800-523-9101, for anyone with questions about friends and family on the train.

The Red Cross is in close contact with emergency responders and local officials in both New York and Philadelphia. Over the days to come, we will continue to coordinate with officials to determine how we can best help people during this difficult time.

The Red Cross is also supporting the blood needs of those injured in the train derailment. As of Wednesday morning, the Red Cross supplied 130 blood products to six area hospitals. Blood supplies are currently sufficient to meet the needs of patients, however the Red Cross is standing by to provide additional blood products as supplies are needed.

For more updates you can follow @RedCrossPhilly on Twitter.