Michigan Native Killed In Amtrak Crash, Train Reportedly Traveling More Than 100 MPH
Thirty-nine year old Rachel Jacobs, the daughter of former Michigan State Senator, Gilda Jacobs, was among seven killed in a Tuesday night Amtrak crash in Philadelphia. Rachel Jacobs grew up in suburban Detroit, now living in New York with her husband and two year old son, according to WLNS-TV. She was the CEO of a Philadelphia-based education start-up called ApprenNet.
Today, Gilda Jacobs is President and Chief Executive of the Michigan League for Public Policy. The organization released a statement on the death of Rachel, saying "[she] was loved and cherished by her family, co-workers and friends."
A new report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) indicates the train was traveling 107 miles per hour as it approached the curve where it derailed. The report says the train's emergency brake was applied, slowing the train to 102 miles per hour before it left the tracks. The speed limit for the curve where the accident occurred is 50 miles per hour.
Authorities advise those searching for someone believed to have been on the train to call 1-800-523-9101.
The NTSB released the following video footage today: