Amtrak train derails with 311 passengers at Savannah station


SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) – An Amtrak spokesman says three cars on a passenger train have derailed in Savannah, Georgia, but there were no injuries reported among the crew and 311 passengers aboard.Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams says the Silver Meteor train No. 98 traveling from Miami to New York was backing slowly into the station about 10 p.m. Wednesday when two sleeper cars and a baggage car derailed. An emailed statement from Abrams early Thursday said the derailed cars remained fully upright and that the train was expected to continue its journey north.Abrams says some of the sleeping car passengers were being put on a different train to continue their travel.The statement didn’t say what caused the derailment in Savannah, where a rare snow slickened the coastal city Wednesday, hampering road travel.

News3 had a chance to speak with to Hilton head passenger, Barbara Dee.

She says, “basically we were coming from Jesup.  We had to go backwards because the tracks were icy. They said we were going to go past the Savannah station, then we were going to go back into it. And when they went to back into it, the coach said the last car on the train derailed.”

Dee says she was in the third sleeper car, when she first felt a jerk.

“I’m just grateful to be here and safe and I just want no injuries and I just want everyone off the train so they can get to their destination,” Dee said.

CSX, South side Fire and EMS, Savannah Chatham Metro Police and Amtrak representatives were on the scene.

We do not know if weather was a factor in the derailment. We will continue to provide new developments.

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