Five Injured When Amtrak Train Hits Truck, Derails
Aug. 27, 1996
ROXBURY, Vt. (AP) _ Amtrak's Vermonter passenger train derailed this morning when it hit a logging truck at a crossing. Five people were injured, including the truck driver.
There were 70 passengers, many of them tourists, on the train when the accident happened at about 7:50 a.m., said Bill Lyon, fire chief from neighboring Northfield.
``I woke up. There was a big bump and our car was leaning,'' said Paula Lima, 20, a tourist from Brazil.
``Bags started to fall down,'' said Ana Sakamoto, another tourist from Brazil.
Three of the five people who were injured were taken to the hospital, Lyon said. One of them was the truck driver.
Dan Pudvah, spokesman at Central Vermont Hospital in Berlin, said the truck driver was being treated but his condition was not immediately available. At least one other person was en route to that hospital, he said.
The six passenger cars on the train, which was en route to New York and Washington, jumped the tracks and came to a stop at angles looking like an accordion. The train also had a baggage car and one locomotive.
The accident happened north of the village of Roxbury, which is about 15 miles south of Montpelier, the state capital. People living near the accident site brought lawn chairs to give uninjured passengers a place to sit.
The Vermonter route was established about a year-and-a-half ago to replace the Montrealer, an overnight route between Washington and Montreal that Amtrak canceled during budget cutbacks. The state stepped in with a subsidy and the day route was established, although it no longer serves Canada. It has become popular among tourists.
The accident happened one week after a special train rolled through the state to publicize the dangers of railroad crossing accidents. The campaign was undertaken after a rash of accidents in the state, which has some 1,400 crossings.