Train 188 was on its way from Washington to New York, carrying 238 passengers and five crew members, when it derailed Tuesday night.
Amtrak's Northeast Corridor runs between Washington and Boston. It is North America's busiest railroad, with 11.6 million riders in fiscal year 2014.
Here's what we know about the eight people who died in the derailment of Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 in Philadelphia.
Midshipman Justin Zemser, 20
U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman Justin Zemser was traveling home to Rockaway Beach in New York on Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 when the crash occurred.
The Naval Academy said it was “deeply saddened” to report the news, but did not release Zemser’s name. His mother, Susan Zemser, confirmed to ABC News that her only son had been killed in the derailment.
Jim Gaines, 48
Associated Press employee James “Jim” Gaines was returning home to Plainsboro, New Jersey, when the Amtrak train crashed, the news agency announced Monday.
Temple University Hospital physician Herbert Cushing said Gaines died in the hospital. He is survived by his wife , Jacqueline, and two children, 16-year-old Oliver and 11-year-old Anushka.
Abid Gilani, an executive with Wells Fargo, was among the Amtrak victims, a bank spokesperson confirmed to BuzzFeed News. According to his LinkedIn profile, Gilani was based in New York City and had previously worked for the Marriott International hotel group.
Rachel Jacobs, 39
Rachel Jacobs, the CEO of Philadelphia-based online learning company ApprenNet, was killed in the derailment, her family confirmed.
Jacobs, 39, joined the company in March of this year but was still commuting between Philadelphia and her home in Manhattan, according to an April interview she did with Technically Philly.
She was married and the mother of a two-year-old son.
Derrick Griffith, 42
According to CNN, Derrick Griffith, a dean of student affairs for City University of New York Medgar Evers College, was also among the fatalities, said Jamilah Fraser, a spokeswoman for the university. He lived in Brooklyn.
He was the founding director of CUNY Prep in New York, Fraser said. He earned his doctorate in philosophy last month.
Bob Gildersleeve, 45
Bob Gildersleeve, vice president of corporate accounts in North America for institutional business at Ecolab, was confirmed dead in a statement released by the company Thursday. The Baltimore-based executive and father of two was traveling to New York City for meetings when the Amtrak train derailed, his sister told reporters.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Gildersleeve previously studied at Florida International University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management, as well as the Culinary Institute of America in New York.
Giuseppe Piras, 41
An Italian national, Piras is believed to have been in the U.S. for work, the Associated Press reported.
According to the Italian paper L’Union Sarda, he worked in the olive oil and wine industry, selling products across the world.
Piras was identified after relatives contacted the Italian Consulate in Philadelphia after growing concerned about him.
Piras was described as an avid cycler and entrepreneur. He was married but had no children, L’Union Sarda reported.
Laura Finamore, 47
"An incredibly loving and giving person," is how the family of Laura Finamore, 47, described her in a statement. An executive at a New York real estate firm, Finamore was reportedly on her way home from a memorial service when she boarded Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188. According to her LinkedIn profile, Finamore graduated from George Washington University in 1990 with a degree in literature and language.