Amtrak: Two cars separate from Acela train going from DC to Boston; no injuries reported

Two cars separate from Acela train going from DC to Boston. (Photo: David Gerard)

Two cars separated from an Acela Express train in Maryland Tuesday morning, Amtrak officials say. No injuries were reported to passengers or crew.

According to an Amtrak statement, Acela Express train 2150 was traveling from Washington to Boston when a mechanical issued caused the train’s cars to separate near Havre de Grace, northeast of Baltimore, at about 6:40 a.m.

More than 50 passengers were on the train. They were transferred to Northeast Regional Train 180, Amtrak said.

In audio posted on Broadcastify.com, a dispatcher can be heard warning other trains about the disabled train at mile post 61.8 and alerting the other conductors that passengers were on the track boarding another train.

The train car separation came six days after an Amtrak train carrying Republican members of Congress to a legislative retreat in West Virginia collided with a garbage truck just outside Charlottesville, Virginia, Wednesday. At least one person in the truck driver was killed and two other people in the truck were seriously injured.

Early Sunday morning an Amtrak passenger train crashed into a freight train in South Carolina, killing two Amtrak employees and injuring more than 110 people.

The South Carolina crash was the third deadly Amtrak wreck in the past two months.

On December 18, Amtrak Train 501 derailed in Washington State as it hit a curve and careened onto the southbound lanes of I-5, killing three on the train and injuring dozens of others. Five vehicles and two semi trucks were struck by the falling train cars on I-5 causing injuries, but no fatalities on the freeway.

Amtrak is investigating the cause of the separation and will inspect every Acela trainset, according to the statement.

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