Amtrak's 'Silver Meteor' derails in Georgia

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SAVANNAH, Ga. — Amtrak’s northbound Silver Meteor en route from Miami to New York derailed at the Savannah Amtrak Station late Wednesday night, various news outlets reported. Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams said train 98 was backing slowly into the Savannah station about 10 p.m. Wednesday when two Viewliner sleepers and a baggage car derailed about 1,000 feet from the station. There were 311 people on board but there were no injuries in the low speed derailment. All the cars remained upright.

The Southeast has been hit by a severe winter storm that brought Savannah its first snow fall exceeding one inch in 28 years. A passenger told media outlets that as the train approached the Savannah station, an announcement was made that a switch was frozen. To access the station, the train ran past the depot and attempted to back in when it derailed.

Abrams’ said the main train was to continue north though some of the sleeping car passengers had to be put on board a different train.

The Silver Meteor was the first diesel-powered streamliner between New York and Florida when the Seaboard Air Line Railroad introduced it in 1939. It became an Amtrak operation in 1971 along with the Silver Star, Amtrak’s other New York – Florida train.
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