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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

After SC train crash, wife of conductor sues Amtrak, CSX Corp

  After SC train crash, wife of conductor sues Amtrak, CSX Corp The widow of an Amtrak train conductor killed this week in a South Carolina collision filed a lawsuit on Thursday against Amtrak and CSX Corp, the Florida Times-Union reported. Conductor Michael Cella and engineer Michael Kempf were killed in the Sunday crash between a New York-to-Miami Amtrak passenger train and an unoccupied CSX freight train.The widow of an Amtrak train conductor killed this week in a South Carolina collision filed a lawsuit on Thursday against Amtrak and CSX Corp, the Florida Times-Union reported.

"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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