Justin B. Zemser

Navy sprint football player among casualties in Philly Amtrak accident


On Tuesday an Amtrak train derailed when speeding around a turn through the city of Philadelphia on its way to New York City. Five of the seven confirmed casualties in the train accident included a Navy sprint football player, Justin B. Zemser.

Zemser, a sophomore, was on leave from the academy and on his way home at the time of the tragic accident.

“My wife, Lynda, and I join the Brigade, staff and faculty in mourning the loss of Midshipman Justin Zemser,” said Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Walter “Ted” Carter in a released statement. “Justin was a talented, highly respected young man with a tremendously bright future. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the Zemser family, and our extended USNA family, during this very difficult time.

According to a released statement from the Naval Academy, funeral arrangements for Zemser are pending. Zemser played wide receiver and long snapper for the Navy sprint football team. He played in five game sin 2014 and caught three passes for 47 yards.

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