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November 5, 2010

Amtrak says 5 hurt in derailment in D.C.

Five people sustained minor injuries this morning when two trains collided in the rail yard at Union Station in Washington, derailing five cars, Amtrak says.

Amtrak spokesman Steve Kulm said both Amtrak and MARC trains were operating but that delays could  be expected on some trains throughout the day. He said Amtrak hopes to have normal service restored by the evening peak travel period  but could not be sure.

According  to Kulm, a train pulling  private passengers cars collided with a MARC Penn Line train shortly before 9:20 a.m. in the Washington rail yard. He said three Amtrak employees and two persons aboard the other train were injured.

Kulm said the MARC train had already discharged its passengers and that only crew was aboard. The crash occurred after most morning MARC commuters had already arrived at Union Station, according to Maryland Transit Administration spokesman David Clark.

According to Kulm, the five derailed cars remained upright. He urged MARC and Amtrak passengers to check the Amtrak website for service updates.


Posted by Michael Dresser at 10:50 AM |
Categories: Amtrak/intercity railroads
About Michael Dresser
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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