Amtrak's New Problem: Cars Uncoupling at High Speed

Nobody is hurt in incident involving Acela train in Maryland
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2018 5:27 PM CST
Amtrak Cars Uncouple During Morning Commute
File photo of an Amtrak Acela train.   (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

Because Amtrak needed one more negative headline: One of its high-speed Acela trains came apart Tuesday morning while en route from DC to New York. Specifically, the first two cars on the train uncoupled from each other in Maryland, reports the Baltimore Sun. Both cars had passengers, but nobody was injured in the incident, which occurred when the train was rolling along at 125mph, reports the New York Post.

A second train arrived to bring the 52 passengers the rest of the way to Penn Station. Amtrak said it is investigating what caused the "mechanical issue," along with inspecting every Acela train. "If you’re not on Amtrak 2150 this morning, boy, you are really missing out," one passenger tweeted, per ABC News. "Two cars separated, and sparks and smoke went everywhere." (Amtrak has had three serious accidents in recent weeks.)

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