UPDATE: The USNA has issued a statement:
The Naval Academy is deeply saddened to report that a midshipman was named as one of the passengers who lost their life in the AMTRAK train which crashed in north Philadelphia at approximately 9:30 p.m. last night.
The midshipman was on leave and enroute to their home of record when the accident occurred.
The Brigade of Midshipman, staff and faculty were notified of the midshipman’s death this morning. Out of respect for the family’s privacy, the identity of the midshipman is being withheld for 24 hours after next of kin notification.
The Naval Academy is supporting the midshipman’s family, friends, and loved ones during this time of grief. Grief counseling services and support are available to midshipmen, faculty and staff through chains of command, our chaplains, and the Midshipmen Development Center.
CNN is reporting that a midshipman from the USNA is believed to have died in the crash of Amtrak’s Train 188 in Philadelphia.
Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 was heading to New York carrying 238 passengers when it derailed shortly before 10:00pm in Philadelphia’s Frankford neighborhood.
This death is the the fifth of the past two years at the USNA.
It is believed that the Midshipman was a member of the 17th Company and 3rd Class Midshipman (Sophomore, Class of 2017).
The death would be at least the fifth among the Brigade of Midshipmen in the last 18 months. The Academy has not released any official statement. More updates will be provided later.