A southbound Amtrak train left seven people injured in a derailment in central Vermont on Monday morning. There have been no reported deaths, officials said. The accident occurred in the town of Northfield, just 10 miles south of the state’s capital, Montpelier.
“The car was shaking from side to side and I could tell something was going off the tracks,” Ian Turpin 24, of Brooklyn, told ABC News.
The train struck an apparent rockslide, officials said. Five cars derailed, two of which tumbled over a bank. The two cars were the engine and the conductor’s car. The conductor was in the car at the time, but was not severely injured, according to reports.
Rodger Bell and his wife, both from Windsor, Colorado, were on the train on a sightseeing trip when the derailment occurred. He told reporters that the train was running smoothly until “we felt something hitting the train, which wasn’t normal, and then all hell broke loose.” Bell and his wife were “tossed around a bit,” but weren’t hurt.
Around 98 people were on board the train at the time of the accident. Officials said that the seven people who were hurt did not have life-threatening injuries.
The train, known as the “Vermonter,” provides a daily service that runs between St. Albans, Vermont and Washington, D.C. It is the sole Amtrak service to run on the track although regular freight service runs as well.
State police officers and Federal Railroad Administration investigators were on their way to the scene.
The attorneys at Morgan Levine Dolan have represented many people injured in mass transit accidents. During the early stages of the investigation, it is imperative to get private attorneys involved in the process. Too many times, the mass transit carrier performs the investigation and many pieces of evidence are either tampered with or ignored.