AMTRAK is definitely having a bad year, as we just got word that a high-speed train bound for Penn Station literally broke apart earlier on Tuesday, as it was traveling at 125 miles per hour through Maryland. The “hero of the day” is the 2150 Acela, and the unfortunate incident happened at approximately 6.30 a.m. as the high speed train was cruising from Washington DC to New York.
According to the source talking to the New York Post, let me quote:
Someone could have been walking through the train when that happened and fell to their death.
The incident was confirmed by company officials, who disclosed that 52 passengers were on-board at the time of the incident, yet no one was injured, fortunately. According to Amtrak officials, the train broke apart due to a faulty connector between 2 coupled trains, which snapped and separated as the 2150 Acela was moving at high speed through Maryland. The two cars remained connected only through the air hoses, and both have passengers inside. Here’s the source again:
There was a lot of sparking and smoking at the head of the train and a lot of bouncing around.
Amtrak sent a rescue train, which took the passengers from the damaged 2150 Acela and transported them to Philadelphia, from where they had other opportunities to continue on to the Big Apple via train or whatever. Amtrak is currently investigating the incident and confirmed there were no injuries. Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams was quoted as saying:
We are currently investigating the cause of the car separation, inspecting every Acela trainset, and taking any necessary actions to prevent a reoccurrence.
This strange incident took place just a couple of days after an Amtrak train slammed into a freight train as they were traveling through South Carolina, leaving 2 workers killed and 70+ injured.