Tough weekend for Amtrak’s ‘Silver Star’ in Southeast

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PATRICK, S.C. — It’s been a tough weekend for Amtrak’s Silver Star trains in the Southeast. Amtrak Silver Star No. 91 and 92 were plagued with weekend delays in excess of two and four hours, respectively, this weekend following a Friday collision between northbound Silver Star No. 92 and a tractor trailer in Patrick, S.C., on Friday.

Amtrak spokeswoman Kimberly Woods tells Trains News Wire train No. 92 hit the tractor-trailer on a grade crossing.

“Three passengers reported minor injuries and were transported to a local hospital,” says Woods. She says there were no injuries to any train crew members. There were 191 passengers on board the New York-destined daily train at the time of the incident.

Due to damage sustained to No. 92’s lead locomotive, the train was forced to terminate Friday in Patrick. Alternative bus transportation was offered to those affected by the incident.

No. 92’s Miami-bound counterpart, No. 91, wasn’t performing well either.

On Sunday, the southbound train was running more than two hours late as it rolled into central Florida on Sunday morning and its counterpart, Sunday’s No. 92, was nearly five hours late as it arrived into Hamlet, N.C., on its way to New York City from Miami.

It was unclear why both Silver Star trains were experiencing extensive delays on Sunday.

Trains News Wire has reached out to Amtrak for comment on Silver Star service.

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