Amtrak derailment affects services for a second day

No service beyond New York Thursday on Amtrak's Vermonter rail line

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)– New developments continue in Amtrak’s deadly train derailment in Philadelphia that happened Tuesday night.

Early reports suggest that Amtrak’s Northeast Regional Train 188 was going about 106 miles per hour when the engineer hit the brakes. The derailment took place as the train entered a curve where the speed limit is 50 mph. The speed limit on the track just prior to the curve is 70 mph.

All seven cars and the train’s engine then derailed and tipped over, killing at least seven people and injuring more than 200. At least 10 people are still in critical condition this morning.

Amtrak runs more than 2,200 trains a day through the Northeast Corridor, including routes through the Pioneer Valley. The derailment disrupted several of those services Wednesday.

Thursday, there continues to be no service between New York and Philadelphia. That means the Vermonter, which runs from St. Albans Vermont to Washington D.C., will not be running south of New York.

The Vermonter service will still make stops in Springfield, Northampton, and Greenfield, however.

Other areas being affected include modified between Washington and Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Philadelphia, and New York and Boston.

Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor service carries more than 11 million passengers a year.

Early Thursday morning, trains leaving Springfield’s Amtrak station were all running on time and as scheduled.

Amtrak says passengers should call ahead to make sure the service you have a ticket for is still running as planned, the number for that is 1-800-USA-RAIL. You can also check the status of Amtrak trains on their website, amtrak.com.

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