(PIX11) — Monday will be marked by emotion and heartbreak for the families and friends of three Amtrak derailment victims, all of whom are being laid to rest a day shy of a week after the tragedy.
Amtrak Northeast Regional Train 188 was carrying 243 people from Washington, D.C., to New York when it derailed May 12 shortly after leaving Philadelphia. Investigators said the train was traveling more than 100 mph on a 50-mph curve when it happened.
Eight passengers were killed and hundreds more were hurt as all seven of the train’s cars went off the rails along North America’s busiest railroad corridor.
Amtrak’s top official said the railroad takes full responsibility for the deadly crash and apologized for its role in the tragedy. President and CEO Joseph Boardman said Amtrak is working with passengers and affected employees to help them with transportation, lodging, medical bills and funeral expenses.
Boardman vowed the railroad will learn from the crash and how to prevent a similar tragedy from happening.
Funeral services were underway Monday for these three victims, all with ties to New York and New Jersey:
The 39-year-old CEO of educational software startup ApprenNet was traveling home to Manhattan’s Lower East Side from Philadelphia, where her business is based, when Train 188 went off the rails.
A Michigan native, Jacobs earned a master’s degree from Columbia Business School and was the daughter of ex-Democratic state Sen. Gilda Jacobs, chief executive of the Michigan League for Public Policy.
In a statement, her family said Jacob was “devoted to her family, her community and the pursuit of social justice.”
Mourners at a weekend memorial service in Greenwich Village remembered Jacobs as a “beacon of light” who “touched a remarkable amount of people.”
Jacobs is survived by her husband and 2-year-old son.
Her funeral was held at Ira Kaufman Chapel in Southfield, Mich., followed by burial at Machpelah Cemetery in Ferndale.
Bob Gildersleeve Jr.
An executive at Ecolab — a Minnesota-based chemical company, Gildersleeve was traveling to New York on business when the Amtrak train derailed.
He is survived by a daughter and son, and his wife of 18 years.
“He is funny and sarcastic and lights up any room with his presence, humor and enthusiasm,” wife Danna Leiner Gildersleeve said. “…Our hearts are broken and we can’t imagine a life without him. We will miss him with all our heart.”
Services for Gildersleeve were held in Holmdel, N.J.
Finamore, 47, was described by her family as an “incredibly loving and giving person.”
The Douglaston, Queens, native graduated George Washington University and most recently served as a managing director at Cushman & Wakefield.
“Laura’s smile could light up a room and her infectious laughter will be remembered for many years to come,” her family said in a statement.
A funeral mass is being held for Finamore at a Queens church.
The Associated Press and CNN contributed to this report.AlertMe