The train had 218 passengers and crew members on board but no injuries were reported. The cause of the accident is under investigation.
(SOURCE) SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Several cars of the New York City-bound Amtrak Crescent with 218 people aboard went off the tracks early Monday as bags flew and jolted passengers clung to each other, authorities and passengers said.
There were no serious injuries, Amtrak said, adding it arranged for trains and buses to take stranded passengers to their destinations further up the East Coast as the busy Thanksgiving travel week was opening.
Seven of the nine cars on Train 20 from New Orleans went off the track but stayed upright, Amtrak said in a statement emailed to The Associated Press. It said it had no immediate word on the cause as investigators from several agencies and work crews converged at the site.
Passenger Carrie Lambert told The Associated Press by telephone that she was at the back of the train when she felt the car start sway and then tilt.
“The car felt like it was about to flip over … I was holding on to my brother for dear life,” the Atlanta woman told AP by phone. “Bags went everywhere. It was crazy. Really scary.”