Amtrak service was interrupted on Tuesday morning when a train derailed, blocking the rails between Union Station in Washington, D.C. and the station in Alexandria, Virginia. The derailment occurred in Virginia.
The Washington Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department has reported that a train derailed in a tunnel near the entrance to Union Station, which is situated at 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, as The Washington Examiner reported.
The event was described as "minor in nature," and there were no reports of any injuries being sustained. On the other hand, emergency medical services are now assessing the condition of one of the passengers, while an Amtrak employee was brought to a nearby hospital for further treatment.
Amtrak derailment in tunnel at entrance to Union Station. Initial report minor in nature & no reported injuries. Fire units are working to reach the train, which is occupied. #DCsBravest
— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) July 11, 2023
The train left Norfolk, Virginia at 6:15 in the morning, and it was headed north towards Union Station when it derailed in the tunnel. The people on board the train were relocated to cars that were not impacted by the incident, and then they were offloaded at the L'Enfant Plaza stop.
This information comes from the Washington Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, which sent a tweet immediately after the first story.
As of 1:15 pm ET, due to a disabled train blocking the tracks in the area, Train 176 and Train 171 are canceled between Manassas (MSS) and Washington (WAS). For traveling assistance, please call or text 1-800-USA-RAIL.
— Amtrak Northeast (@AmtrakNECAlerts) July 11, 2023
As of 10:26 in the morning, the Metropolitan Area Transportation Operations Coordination Program reported that southbound service had been halted at Union Station due to obstructed tracks and a tunnel. Amtrak has informed the public that there would be two train delays between Manassas and Washington, in addition to the cancellation of Train 176 and Train 171.
The derailment halted the Carolinian and other long-distance passenger trains that pass through Raleigh. Tuesday marked the conclusion of the Charlotte-to-New York City-bound Carolinian's tenure in Raleigh. The southbound Carolinian and Palmetto trains between New York and Savannah, Georgia, will terminate in Washington, D.C., according to Amtrak.
Amtrak also canceled the Silver Meteor and Silver Star southbound from Florida, as well as the Crescent southbound from New York to New Orleans via Greensboro and Charlotte.
Amtrak stated on Twitter that the cancellations were the result of "a disabled train blocking the tracks." Conductors on the Carolinian informed passengers that the incident involved a derailment but did not provide any additional information.
According to local media, an Amtrak train derailed in a station tunnel, barring access to and from Virginia and southern states.
At 9:30 a.m., fire officials in Washington stated that the derailment appeared "minor in nature" and that no injuries had been reported. Later, it was reported that two cars went partially off the tracks but remained vertical, and that one Amtrak employee was transported to the hospital for a "minor medical condition."
This is excellent news for passengers in North Carolina like Vanessa Roberts, who, like Bell, was more concerned about the passengers on the derailed train. Roberts, who is retired, was traveling from Kannapolis to Philadelphia, which is close to her New Jersey residence, and stated that she would ultimately make it