At approximately 10:30 a.m. ET an Amtrak train traveling south trough Vermont on its way to Washington D.C., derailed in the town of Northfield. The train hit a rock slide, which caused five cars to jump the tracks, including the locomotive and lead passenger car that fell into a brook.
There were 98 passengers and four crew members on board the train. Seven people were brought to hospitals, one of which was airlifted to a trauma center in New Hampshire. Amtrak told the media that none of the injuries appeared to be life threatening.
The train that was involved was called the “Vermonter,” which is the daily train that runs in between St.Albans and Washington D.C. It is the only Amtrak train that uses that specific track.
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin spoke to the press and called the accident a “ freak of nature.” He also said that the “Vermonter” will not be in service north of Springfield, Massachusetts while workers clear rocks, rebuild tracks and remove diesel fuel from the brook.
The Federal Railroad Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are looking into the incident.