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Pennsylvania to fly flags at half-staff after Amtrak crash

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Gov. Tom Wolf is ordering that all Pennsylvania flags be lowered at the state Capitol and office buildings to honor the victims and passengers of the deadly Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia.

Wolf said flags will remain at half-staff until sundown Sunday.

Federal investigators are investigating why Amtrak Train 188 jumped the tracks in Philadelphia on Tuesday night. The wreck killed at least six people and injured dozens.

Wolf toured the scene overnight and called it "truly awful, heart rending," but also says police, fire and rescue personnel on site were doing a phenomenal job.

Wolf also held a moment of silence for the victims at an unrelated bill signing ceremony, while the Pennsylvania House of Representatives began its voting session with a moment of silence.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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