No one injured in yesterday’s derailment of Amtrak’s Auto Train

Written by David C. Lester, Managing Editor
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Amtrak’s Auto Train, which provides passenger service between Washington, D.C. and Orlando, and allows passengers to bring their cars along for the trip, which are stored in auto carriers that are part of the train, derailed in Florida yesterday. The passenger car portion of the train stayed on the tracks, but the section carrying passenger automobiles derailed.

An issue with the track seems to be the cause of the derailment, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal Online. Nine auto carriers derailed, and there were 294 passengers aboard the train, but no one was injured. One crew member was taken to the hospital after sustaining a foot injury, but the remaining 22 crew members were fine.

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