Posted March 11, 2019 07:02:16The Department of Transportation (DOT) is investigating a possible derailment of Amtrak train 4201 near Rockville, Md., that injured five people, including a 7-year-old boy.
The incident happened around 1:30 p.m.
According to the Amtrak Train Safety Network (ASTN), a team of Amtrak’s signal maintenance experts was dispatched to the area to help coordinate the efforts of Amtrak engineers and train personnel to restore service.
The incident occurred at the corner of U.S. Route 4201 and Interstate 95, according to the MTA.
The train was on a routine trip from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore when the accident occurred.
According the Amtrak signal team, two signals are lost in the accident, one at the eastbound end of the track and one at an intersection at the westbound end.
The signals are located near the center of the tracks, which are part of a single track system.
The signals are considered critical by Amtrak because they are used to send signals between trains, and Amtrak does not have a single backup signal.
The accident happened just after the morning commute, and the train is expected to be repaired by late afternoon.