Mom of 2-Year-Old In Amtrak Crash Was Just on Her Way Home From Work

rachel jacobsSuch a sad discovery this morning: Rachel Jacobs, a 39-year-old mother of a 2-year-old child and the CEO of Philadelphia-based tech company ApprenNet, is among seven victims who died after an Amtrak train crashed in Philadelphia Tuesday night.


Jacobs, who is the daughter of former Michigan State Senator Gilda Jacobs, reportedly lived in New York with her husband and 2-year-old son, but commuted to Philadelphia for work. She was on her way home Tuesday evening when the Amtrak train derailed, killing her and 6 other people and injuring 243 passengers and crew members.

The mom was an accomplished woman who graduated from Columbia Business School and Swathmore College before working at McGraw-Hill and, later, rising to the ranks of CEO at the technology education company.

Jacobs' family issued the following statement after finding out she was one of the victims:

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.

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Jacobs will be remembered as a staunch advocate for her former home city, Detroit. She and fellow fans of Motown music belonged to an organization called Detroit Nation, which helped the struggling city and its residents.

The other victims of the crash have so far been identified as Derrick Griffith, 42, the acting dean of student affairs and enrollment at Medgar Evers College; a Naval Academy midshipman named Justin Zemser, who was on leave; Jim Gaines, a 49-year-old employee of the Associated Press, and a Wells Fargo employee who worked in commercial real estate.


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