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US Amtrak train breaks apart while traveling at high speed

22:37  06 february  2018
22:37  06 february  2018 Source:   cbsnews.com

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"Two train cars came apart on an Amtrak Acela Express traveling at high speed through Maryland on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. The train was en route from Washington, D.C., to Boston.

A high - speed Amtrak traveling to New York broke into two pieces in Maryland as it reached speeds of up to 125mph on Tuesday. The malfunction happened at about 11:20am on the 2150 Acela express train from Washington, DC to New York’s Penn Station.

An Amtrak train prepares to leave Penn Station in New York, on Thu., May 25, 2017. Recent derailments and other problems have pushed Amtrak to begin replacing aging tracks and other equipment at Penn Station, the nation's busiest rail terminal.: amtrak-ap-17145530574318.jpg © AP amtrak-ap-17145530574318.jpg

WASHINGTON -- An Amtrak train broke apart early Tuesday morning as it was traveling from Washington, D.C., to Boston. The Acela 2150 train experienced a "mechanical issue when two of the train's cars separated" just before 7 a.m., according to Amtrak spokesperson Jason Abrams. 

"Fifty-two passengers were transferred to Northeast Regional Train 180," he said. "There were no reported injuries to customers or crew." 

According to a source who spoke with the New York Post, the train was traveling at a speed of 125 mph as it was heading towards New York's Penn Station.

Abrams says Amtrak is currently inspecting "every Acela trainset." Precautionary measures will be taken, if needed, to prevent the incident from happening again, Abrams said. 

Further details were not immediately available. 

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Federal investigators are still looking at how CSX railway crews routed an Amtrak train into a parked freight train in Cayce, South Carolina, last weekend. But even if CSX should bear sole responsibility for the accident, Amtrak will likely end up paying crash victims' legal claims with public money.Amtrak pays for accidents it didn't cause because of secretive agreements negotiated between the passenger rail company, which receives more than $1 billion annually in federal subsidies, and the private railroads, which own 97 percent of the tracks on which Amtrak travels.

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