Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Bound Amtrak Train Breaks Apart At 125 miles per hour

Amtrak Train A string of recent Amtrak accidents has shed light on the delayed installation of the positive train control safety technology. AP
Melinda Barton | 06 February, 2018, 22:29

The incident follows three accidents involving Amtrak trains since December.

The issue happened just before 6:40 a.m., as the Acela train was traveling from Washington, DC, to Boston.

Two cars separated from a high-speed Acela Express train in Maryland Tuesday morning, Amtrak officials said.

According to a source who spoke with the New York Post, the train was traveling at a speed of 125 miles per hour as it was heading towards New York's Penn Station.

Two cars on the train, which was carrying 52 passengers, separated, but there were no reported injuries.

Passengers in Philadelphia boarded the Northeast Regional 170 and Keystone Service 640 trains.

An Amtrak Acela train arrives at New York's Penn Station, the nation's busiest train hub, in May 2017.

Abrams says Amtrak is now inspecting "every Acela trainset".

Citing an investigation, Abrams declined to answer questions about the specific cause of the uncoupling, how long the train remained on the tracks afterward, the train's most recent maintenance and its speed at the time of the incident.

"There was a lot of sparking and smoking at the head of the train and a lot of bouncing around", the source said.

Exum also posted pictures from inside the train with no power, and getting off to get on another train to continue his journey.