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November 5, 2010

Amtrak riders face delays too; 7 hurt in crash

An Amtrak spokesman said train delays are expected to persist into the evening peak travel period as a result of this morning's low-speed collision of two trains and resulting derailment at Union Station in Washington.

Spokesman Steve Kulm said Amtrak long-distance trains could be delayed 1-2 hours, while MARC and VRE commuter trains could leave up to 30 minutes late. He said Acela trains, as well as Northeast Regionals that are stopping at Washington, will not be affected.

Kulm also updated the injury count from five to seven and said six of those hurt were Amtrak employees. All six were taken to local hospitals, he said, while an injured passenger who had been aboard a private car declined hospital treatment.


Posted by Michael Dresser at 4:37 PM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Amtrak/intercity railroads, MARC train


There were more inconveniences on MARC., Train 425 ended its run at New Carrollton, forcing passengers to transfer to Metro to get to Union Station. As a wheelchair passenger, I was warned that the Metro elevators at Union Station were not working. Fortunately, I had a relative who was able to pick me up at New Carrollton and get me to my final destination.

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Michael Dresser has been an editor, reporter and columnist with The Sun longer than Baltimore's had a subway. He's covered retailing, telecommunications, state politics and wine. Since 2004, he's been The Sun's transportation writer. He lives in Ellicott City with his wife and travel companion, Cindy.

His Getting There column appears on Mondays. Mike's blog will be a forum for all who are interested in highways, transit and other transportation issues affecting Baltimore, Maryland and the region.

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