The Amtrak Station in the center of Philadelphia is the first step for victims of Tuesday’s train crash to get back to normal.
After leaving the hospital, more than 75 wounded or weary passengers came here to figure out how to get home. Janice Winston of the American Red Cross was one of the first to meet them.
“They’ve left the hospital and come here,” she said. “They have been bandaged up. They are emotionally scarred and physically scarred, As I said, our goal is to provide a safe place and (have them) feel safe right in this area where we’re there with them.”
At the 30th Street train station, extra security was brought in from New York City since so many police had to go out to the scene of the crash. Passengers heading north out of Philadelphia found themselves stuck, and on one end, the American Red Cross had set up a center to deal with the wounded and weary just trying to get back home.
And even after the wounded leave, everyone else is feeling the effect.
Any northbound train is cancelled, so some Amtrak passengers have found themselves stuck in the middle of this.
It’s not a horrific situation, but a very unpleasant one.
“I’m in no man’s land right now,” said Wade Ackins, who is stranded at the station.
“This is my first trip on the train and this is my first experience and I really can’t get a straight answer.”
Rocky Orcioli and his son Silbrio were stuck, as well.
Meanwhile though, in one small section of the train station, away from the crash, away from the cameras, there was a little bit of peace.
“Our goal here is to make sure the passengers are comfortable, that they have a safe place and have someone to talk to,” Winston said. “Just to kind of exhale before they go on to their next destination. And many of them have needed that, being in a horrific situation.”