Train derails in MD

BY DISASTER NEWS NETWORK | KENSINGTON, MD | July 29, 2002


An Amtrak train derailed near Kensington, MD Monday afternoon, injuring some 90 people, 30 of them seriously, according to

Robert Allwang, operations chief for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services. The crash happened at 2 p.m.

There were no immediate reports of fatalities. Six people have life-threatening injuries.

Twelve rail cars, eight of them occupied, were carrying 164 passengers and 12 crew members. Witnesses said they saw “walking wounded” at the site of the crash, which was near a major thoroughfare, Connecticut Ave.

Area power lines were downed by the crash. Many of the injured were being taken to Holy Cross Hospital. More than 200 fire and rescue workers from state and local crews responded at the scene, working in heat and humidity to untangle people from the cars.

The National Transporation and Safety Board investigation was en route to the scene Monday evening.

Amtrak reports indicated the train was the Capitol Limited, which connects Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Washington. Those who wish to check on passengers who may have been on the train should call the Amtrak emergency line at 800-523-9101.

The Salvation Army was responding at the scene, as was the American Red Cross.

Pastors from both the Christ Episcopal Church and St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Kensington were in communication with police and fire officials to see what faith-based response was needed.


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