Monday, June 23, 2014
MANSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — An Amtrak train hit an SUV that was apparently driving on train tracks in Massachusetts, killing three people in the vehicle and derailing the train, authorities said Monday. The crash also disrupted and delayed train service along the busy Northeast corridor.
The train was derailed by the impact of the crash just before midnight in a remote area about 25 miles southwest of Boston, authorities said at a news conference near the crash site in Mansfield. None of the 180 passengers or crew aboard the train, which was heading to Boston from Washington, was injured.
Amtrak had to temporarily cancel some service to and from Boston, but it was restored Monday morning, a spokesman said, adding that residual delays were expected in the Boston-New York corridor because trains would be operating on a single track. Commuter trains in Massachusetts also reported delays.
The SUV was headed north toward Boston, but investigators said it was unclear where it had driven onto the tracks or whether the train operator had seen it and tried to brake before hitting it. Investigators were working to identify the victims, two men and one woman.
Investigators expected to be at the site most of the day probing the crash.
The train accident was one of two being investigated Monday in New England. Another train, with about 45 passengers aboard, struck what appeared to be a wood chipper being towed by a truck in Berlin in central Connecticut on Monday morning, injuring five people, Amtrak spokesman Craig Schulz said. Local police said the injuries were minor.
Schulz said the train left New Haven at 8:40 a.m. headed to Springfield, Massachusetts. The uninjured passengers were being bused to Springfield, and Amtrak service in central Connecticut was suspended.