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Penn Station-bound Amtrak train breaks apart at 125 mph

The train was headed from Washington, D.C., to Boston when it broke apart. It is the third Amtrak incident in less than a week.
A high-speed 2150 Amtrak Acela train was en route from Washington, D.C., to New York’s Penn Station when it broke apart at 125 mph.
A high-speed 2150 Amtrak Acela train was en route from Washington, D.C., to New York’s Penn Station when it broke apart at 125 mph. (Amtrak)

A high-speed Boston-bound Amtrak train broke apart while traveling at 125 mph through Maryland on Tuesday morning, Amtrak said. 

"Earlier this morning, at approximately 6:40 a.m., Acela Express train 2150 traveling from Washington, D.C., to Boston experienced a mechanical issue when two of the train’s cars separated," Amtrak said in a statement to Metro. "There were approximately 52 passengers aboard who were transferred to Northeast Regional Train 180. There were no reported injuries to customers or crew. We are currently investigating the cause of the car separation, inspecting every Acela trainset and taking any necessary actions to prevent a reoccurrence."

An image shared on social media showed the disconnected train cars.

"Someone could have been walking through the train when that happened and fell to their death," a source told the New York Post. "There was a lot of sparking and smoking at the head of the train and a lot of bouncing around."

The incident came just days after an Amtrak train carrying several Republican members of Congress and their families struck a garbage truck in Virginia. One non-passenger was killed, and several passengers suffered minor injuries in that crash last Wednesday.

On Sunday, an Amtrak train carrying 139 passengers struck a freight train parked on the tracks in South Carolina, killing two.

 
 
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