Amtrak train derails in central Vermont

Oct 5, 2015 11:45 AM by NBC News

A southbound Amtrak train derailed Monday morning in central Vermont, state police told NBC News.

The accident occurred in the town of Northfield, about 10 miles south of Montpelier, the state capital.

A spokesperson for the Montpelier Fire Department said they had reports of four people injured so far. There have been no reported deaths, the spokesperson, Lt. Dana Huoppi, said.

Initial reports from the scene indicated that five cars derailed, and two tumbled over a bank, Huoppi said.

The train was the "Vermonter," the daily service that runs between St. Albans, Vermont and Washington, D.C. It is the only Amtrak service that runs on the track. Regular freight service also runs on the track.

The train is popular at this time of year with tourists looking to soak in the annual fall foliage throughout Vermont and New England.

It travels 600 miles from northwestern Vermont to the nation's capital.

In 2014, the Vermonter served 88,000 passengers —about 241 per day.

State police officers and Federal Railroad Administration investigators were on their way to the scene.

This is a developing story. Please refresh for updates.


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