Service Restored After Amtrak Derailment South Of Baltimore

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — There were numerous delays and some trains were even canceled Monday night after an Amtrak train went off the tracks just outside of Baltimore’s Penn Station. More than 150 people were stranded and many more were stuck at the station.

Kai Jackson has the latest.

It was tense times for the passengers. The good news is no one was hurt as a result of the derailment, but it did cause a lot of delays.

The schedule board inside Baltimore’s Penn Station told the story: the derailment of a train caused major delays for Amtrak and stranded scores of passengers.

“The train is backed up at least two hours so far,” said Joel Baker. “I was on the 6:50, the 138. We’re after 9 o’clock now.”

Amtrak says it happened about 7 p.m. Train 97 heading to Miami derailed inside the Baltimore tunnel. Amtrak says it happened when the lead wheels of the locomotive came off the rails. No one was hurt but the Northeast Corridor was shut down between Washington and Baltimore. Electrical power to the train was cut off while crews rescued passengers and brought them back to Penn Station.

“I’ve been here three hours,” said Amalu Araujo. “I just called to say I’m late and they said they saw it on the news.”

Amtrak says all the stranded passengers were rescued and brought back to Penn Station around 9 p.m. and then sent on their way.

Service along the Northeast Corridor is now restored, but the investigation into how this happened is currently underway.

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