After striking a rock slide in Central Vermont, an Amtrak train derailed Monday morning, according to officials.
NBC News reports that the accident took place around 10:30 A.M, Eastern Time in Northfield, a town about 10 miles south of the state capital Montpelier.
Seven people were injured in the accident, with one airlifted to a trauma center in New Hampshire. Officials have stated that none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.
The accident occurred when a rock ledge above the railway broke off and landed on the tracks. The same tracks are used for freight lines. Five cars, including the locomotive and a passenger car, jumped the tracks and landed into a brook. It does not appear that the conductor would have had the ability to do anything to avoid the accident. The conductor was among those injured in the accident.
The train does not appear to have been traveling faster than the speed limit of 59 MPH and the track itself was in ideal condition. A freight train passed through the area the day before, without incident. Investigators will look into records of the track’s inspections, as part of their investigation. The track is owned by New England Central Railroad.
The train, called “The Vermonter” is a daily train that runs from St. Albans, Vermont to Washington, D.C. It is the only Amtrak train that runs on the rails. The rails are typically used for freight trains. The train is most popular at this time of year, as tourists look to view the changing of seasons. The train travels around 600 miles and serves just under 300 people a day.
The accident will put the train out of service until further notice, as they clear the debris and rebuild damaged tracks. Passengers that were planning to use Amtrak rails in the area will be bused to area stations.