Amtrak Train Breaks Apart At 125 mph

Amtrak just can’t catch a break as the agency is once again making the news for all the wrong reasons. This time it comes from a train that was headed to New York’s Penn Station from Washington D.C. when it broke apart as it was going 125 mph. Danielle Furfaro of the New York Post has more:

A high-speed Amtrak train bound for Penn Station broke apart as it was cruising through Maryland on Tuesday, sources told The Post.

The 2150 Acela was traveling from Washington D.C. to the Big Apple when the incident happened at about 6:30 a.m. The train was traveling at about 125 mph, according to the source.

“Someone could have been walking through the train when that happened and fell to their death,” said the source.

Amtrak officials confirmed the incident and said there were 52 passengers aboard at the time.

A photo shows the connector between two coupled trains broken and separated. Only the air hoses remained connected between the two cars, which both had passengers in them, said the source.

Click here for the complete report.

Wow, I am at a loss for words when it comes to the string of incidents that are plaguing Amtrak right now. We need answers as soon as possible as to how this could have happened. Could it be an example of how our crumbling infrastructure caused this incident to happen? We already know how far behind this country is in terms of high speed rail compared to other places in the world because of it.

xoxo Transit Blogger

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