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.