Eighth victim recovered from Amtrak wreckage
Update [Tursday, 12:17 p.m.] — Investigators on Thursday morning found another body at the site of the Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia, according to the uncle of a man who has been missing since the accident.
The source is Ken Byno, uncle of missing man Bob Gildersleeve.
Byno told CNN he was at the crash site Thursday morning. The official death toll before this report was seven.
PHILADELPHIA — A U.S. Naval Academy midshipman described as a “great kid and a genius” was identified from the name emblazoned on his uniform, a family member said Wednesday.
The death of an Associated Press video software architect who once won the company’s “Geek of the Month” award was confirmed by his wife Jacqueline, the news service reported.
They are among the six people killed in Tuesday night’s derailment of Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 in Pennsylvania.
Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor, which runs between Washington, D.C., and Boston, is North America’s busiest railroad, with 11.6 million riders in fiscal year 2014.
Every day, trains reaching speeds between 125 mph and 150 mph carry government officials, college students, people getting away for the weekend and corporate commuters along 363 miles of track.
Train 188 was on its way from Washington to New York, carrying 238 commuters and five crew members at the end of another workday when it derailed.
Justin Zemser, 20, was the Naval Academy midshipman killed in the derailment, a family member said.
Zemser, who was from Rockaway Beach, New York, was a sophomore at the Annapolis academy, according to his Naval Academy profile.
The Naval Academy notified his family of his death Tuesday night, a family member said. His parents “are beside themselves.”
“The Brigade of Midshipman, staff and faculty were notified of the midshipman’s death this morning,” the Naval Academy said in a statement. “The Naval Academy is supporting the midshipman’s family, friends, and loved ones during this time of grief.”
Zemser attended Channel View High School and was a two-year letter winner on the football team as a wide receiver. He was team captain in 2011 and 2012, when he was named to the All-Borough Team. He also was elected as the student government president.
The Associated Press identified its employee as Jim Gaines, a 48-year-old father of two. He had been attending meetings in Washington and was returning home to Plainsboro, New Jersey. He is also survived by his 16-year-old son, Oliver, and daughter, Anushka, 11.
The identities of the other four victims have not been released.