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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Nationals’ Amtrak train derails in Delaware


An Amtrak charter train carrying the Washington Nationals derailed early this morning near Wilmington, Del., but no one was injured.

Amtrak spokeswoman Tracy Connell said it was a “minor derailment” with just the rear wheels on the locomotive leaving the track. It happened about 1:30 a.m. during the trip from New York to Washington. The engine and all three cars remained upright, The AP reported.

The major league baseball team was traveling home from New York after their 7-3 win over the Mets on Monday.

Nationals radio engineer Jack Hicks, who was on the train with the team, said the lights went off and the train came to a slow stop. Others said they didn’t know there was a problem.

“I didn't feel a thing,” Nationals broadcaster Charlie Slowes told WTOP Washington radio. “Some people say they felt a minor jolt.”

About 50 passengers on board were transferred to another train shortly after 3:00 a.m. and have arrived back in Washington.

Calls to the team were not immediately returned.

It was not clear what caused the derailment, Connell said.

Amtrak says the derailment will cause minor delays of about ten minutes this morning in the Northeast Corridor.

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