Rachel Jacobs, the CEO of online learning start-up ApprenNet, who was missing after the Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, has been confirmed as one of the seven people killed in the accident.
Jacobs, the mother of a 2-year-old, had not been heard from since she “left a meeting with the intent to board the train,” ApprenNet cofounder Karl Okamoto told CNN Wednesday morning. Her family confirmed her death 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.”
According to CBS Philly, the 39-year-old was recently appointed as CEO and commuted to Philadelphia twice a week from her home in New York City.
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The train, which was carrying 238 people and headed to New York from Washington, D.C., was traveling at more than 100 mph when the engineer applied the emergency brakes, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a press conference Wednesday. The derailment occurred as the train entered a curve where the speed limit is 50 mph. At least 200 people were injured.