Tech CEO from Manhattan unaccounted for in wake of Amtrak derailment
PHILADELPHIA (PIX11) -- A CEO of a technology education company who lives in Manhattan is among those unaccounted for after an Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia, sending all seven cars off the tracks and killing at least six people.
A co-worker said Rachel Jacobs, 39, has not been heard from since the crash Tuesday night.
Jacobs lives on Manhattan's Lower East Side and recently joined Philadelphia-based ApprenNet, according to the company's website. She commutes to the city twice a week from Manhattan, co-worker Emily Foote said, saying she believes her colleague was on the train that derailed.
Jacobs is a wife and mother to a 2-year-old, said Foote, COO and co-founder of ApprenNet. The 39-year-old hails from Detroit and earned an MBA from Columbia Business School. Foote said she's been in touch with Jacobs' husband.
The Northeast Regional Train 188 was carrying 238 passengers and five crew members from Washington to New York when all seven of its cars derailed, a U.S. Department of Transportation representative told CNN Wednesday. It crashed minutes after it left Philadelphia.
Six people have died and eight passengers remain in critical condition, according to Herb Cushing, medical director at Temple University Hospital.
Amtrak set up a special number for those seeking information on friends and family aboard the train: 1-800-523-9101.