A Philadelphia CEO and mother of a 2-year-old died after the deadly Amtrak train derailment Tuesday night in Port Richmond.
Rachel Jacobs is the CEO of ApprenNet. A family friend said Jacobs was on Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188, which was on its way to New York from Washington, D.C., when it derailed near the Frankford exchange in Port Richmond. Jacobs was reported missing Wednesday morning. Her family confirmed she had died in the crash Wednesday night.
"This is an unthinkable tragedy," the family wrote in a statement. "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."
ApprenNet is based in Philadelphia, but co-workers say she lives in New York.
Jacobs is the mother of a 2-year-old.