Update (7:29 p.m. ET): Rachel Jacobs, the missing ApprenNet CEO, was among those who died in the Amtrak derailment, her family confirmed in a statement to NBC News. "This is an unthinkable tragedy. Rachel was a wonderful mother, daughter, sister, wife and friend. She was devoted to her family, her community and the pursuit of social justice. We cannot imagine life without her. We respectfully ask for privacy so that we can begin the process of grieving," the statement said.
Abid Gilani, 55, was identified Wednesday as the third victim of Tuesday night’s fatal Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia. At least seven people were killed and more than 200 injured when the train went off the tracks in Philadelphia as it traveled from from Washington to New York.
Gilani was senior vice president at the Wells Fargo financial services firm in New York, CBS’ Washington affiliate WUSA reports. A LinkedIn page purportedly belonging to Gilani said he worked in the company’s hospitality finance group. Wells Fargo confirmed Gilani’s death to BuzzFeed News but has yet to issue a statement.
Prior to his time at Wells Fargo, Gilani worked at hospitality company Marriott International as its senior vice president of mortgage banking. Further details on the circumstances of Gilani’s death were not immediately available.
Jim Gaines, a 48-year-old employee of the Associated Press, was identified Wednesday as the first confirmed death in the Amtrak 188 accident. Gaines had been traveling from Washington to Plainsboro, New Jersey. He is survived by a wife and two children.
Justin Zemzer, a 20-year-old midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, was named the accident’s second victim. The Naval Academy confirmed Wednesday that a midshipman had died in the Amtrak derailment but initially declined to reveal the individuals name. However, family members later confirmed Zemzer’s death and said he had been traveling to his home in Rockaway Beach, Queens, a borough of New York, the Washington Post reports.
The other four confirmed victims of the Amtrak crash have yet to be publicly identified. Rachel Jacobs, CEO of a Philadelphia startup company, also remains missing after purportedly boarding the train. She has not been seen or heard from since she left a meeting in Philadelphia Tuesday to catch the train.
Amtrak 188 was traveling at more than 100 mph when it derailed at a sharp turn in the track, authorities said, the Associated Press reported. The train’s engineer, whose name has not been released, has declined to speak to investigators.