PARADISE, Pa. — One train crew is shaking off the effects of striking a horse stuck on the tracks after eastbound Amtrak train 620 hit a runaway horse and buggy Friday night in Pennsylvania Dutch country. The strike destroyed the buggy and killed the horse.
The train had left Lancaster, Pa., about five miles west of the accident site, at 9:02 p.m., bound for Philadelphia and New York City. When police and rescue personnel arrived at the accident scene, they found debris scattered along with tracks and the remains of the horse. No one was in the carriage.
Local officials said the rig had run away from a hitching rail about a half-mile from the accident site and said the carriage got stuck on the tracks. There are no public grade crossings on the Keystone Line in the area.
Amtrak personnel were called to the scene to inspect the train before it was permitted to proceed. There were about 35 passengers on the train.