Watch for falling rocks: Amtrak train derails outside Montpelier, Vermont

October 5, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. — An Amtrak train carrying 98 passengers and four crew members derailed Monday in Vermont after striking rocks that had fallen on the tracks, sending at least seven people to area hospitals, authorities said.Website Insert Our Name Tells Our Story copy

The derailment occurred at about 10:30 a.m. in Northfield, approximately 10 miles south of Montpelier, jolting many passengers into the seats in front of them and forcing some to pry open windows and doors in an effort to escape, officials and witnesses said. The train struck rocks that had fallen from a ledge, sending its locomotive and a passenger car down an embankment.

One injured person was airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire, according to a hospital spokesman. Six others went to Central Vermont Medical Center with injuries including neck, back, and shoulder pain, and lightheadedness.

The conditions of the injured parties were not available, but Amtrak said in a statement that there were no “immediate reports of any life-threatening injuries.” An Amtrak spokeswoman said Monday night that four patients had been released.

“I was super freaked out,” said Jacob Grasso, 22, a Delaware resident who was sleeping in the third car from the back when the derailment lifted it off the tracks and left it leaning. “I had no idea what was going on.”

Boston Globe staff writers Travis Andersen and Bryan Marquard have the full story and a gallery of photographs by clicking here.


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