Transportation
12:14 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Amtrak Wolverine train jumps rails near Niles

An Amtrak passenger train bound for Detroit derailed Sunday morning near Niles, MI.

The train cars, carrying 174 passengers and 4 crew members, stayed upright and remained in line with each other despite jumping the rails.

From the Detroit Free Press:

Amtrak officials said the cause of the 10:10 a.m. derailment of Amtrak 350, which was traveling on the Wolverine line from Chicago to Pontiac, is under investigation. Officials said late Sunday night that all Amtrak services to and from Michigan will operate today.

Niles Fire Lt. Bill McAllister said seven people were taken to area hospitals with neck and back pain. One person remained hospitalized Sunday night, said Marc Magliari, media relations manager for Amtrak.

Amtrak officials say the derailment will cause some delays reports the Free Press.

Magliari said a section of track remained closed near the derailment Sunday night, and several hundred people were affected by disruptions in service. The line carries about 484,000 passengers yearly, according to Amtrak.

Magliari said Amtrak was providing buses to transport passengers on other trains to points east and west of the section of closed track.

Officials from the Federal Railroad Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the accident.

A spokesperson for the Federal Railroad Administration said that a full investigation could take six to nine months, the Free Press reports.

- Jordan Wyant, Michigan Radio Newsroom