ROXBURY, Vt. (WWLP) – An Amtrak Vermonter train went off the tracks in Vermont Monday morning, injuring at least seven people in an incident that the state’s governor describes as a “freak of nature.”
At a news conference Monday afternoon, Gov. Peter Shumlin said that rocks fell off a ledge and onto the tracks, causing the derailment about 20 miles southwest of Montpelier. One of the passengers on the train was airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire, while six others were taken to nearby Central Vermont Medical Center for head, neck, and shoulder pain, as well as lightheadedness.
The Vermonter runs between St. Albans, Vermont and Washington, D.C., stopping in western Massachusetts along the way. The train that derailed, Train 55, had been scheduled to arrive in Greenfield at 1:07 P.M., Northampton at 1:31, Holyoke at 1:45, and Springfield at 2:35.
The accident had originally been reported as being in Northfield, Vermont, but shortly before noontime, Amtrak clarified- saying that it took place in the adjoining town of Roxbury. The town is located in the central part of the state, just south of the capital Montpelier.
Federal investigators are working on the case. 22News anchor Juliana Mazza is on her way to Vermont, and will have the latest here on WWLP.com and on 22News tonight starting at 5:00.
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