At Least 7 Passengers Injured after Amtrak Train Derails in Vermont
At least seven people were hurt - including one seriously - when a passenger train derailed in central Vermont after hitting fallen rocks on Monday morning, according to authorities.
A firefighter with the Montpelier Fire Department told INSIDE EDITION there were no reported fatalities after the crash near Roxbury around 10.30am. One of the victims was airlifted to a New Hampshire hospital, while the others were taken to a nearby medical center.
Amtrak said in a statement that the train was traveling from Saint Albans, Vermont to Washington, D.C. when it derailed after "reportedly striking a rock slide on the tracks."
At a news conference on Monday afternoon, officials said rocks from a ledge had fallen onto the tracks below. Governor Peter Shumlin said: "This was a freak of nature."
One locomotive and one passenger car went over an embankment, while three other cars left the track but remained upright, authorities said.
Twitter user Brian Bell shared photos of what appeared to be the derailed train.
Hit a rock slide pic.twitter.com/ARQAIG3acQ— Brian bell (@BrianABell1980) October 5, 2015
Vermont State Police, local fire and rescue agencies and investigators from the Federal Railroad Administration are responding to the scene in Northfield, which is about 10 miles southwest of Montpelier.
It is not immediately clear how many passengers are on board the train.
The derailment comes just five months after a New York-bound Amtrak train derailed near Philadelphia, killing eight people on board.