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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Amtrak Empire Rolling Again Following Derailment, Passenger Injury

Posted By on Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 10:00 AM

The Amtrak Empire, the only daily passenger train that regularly rolls through Idaho, resumed its journey early this morning, after Monday's derailment, which injured one and derailed travel plans for 117 other passengers.

The Empire, which runs from Seattle to Chicago and is already known as the worst on-time train in the Amtrak fleet (which basically means that it is rarely on schedule), partially derailed in northeastern Montana after two cars slipped off the tracks at a switch.

The injured passenger was taken to a nearby hospital.

The Empire makes one daily Idaho stop, in Sandpoint, in the pre-dawn hours.

The Associated Press reports this morning that the train was upright Monday evening and resumed its journey early today. But, you guessed it, as many as seven other trains were delayed while repairs were made.


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