Amtrak train engine derails near Watrous Web Staff
October 06, 2017 10:33 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The lead engine of an Amtrak train derailed roughly five miles east of Watrous in northern New Mexico Thursday night, according to officials in Mora County.


The derailment happened around 8:15 p.m., the dispatcher said. Mora County Sheriff Greg Laumbach said the engine hit a boulder that had fallen onto the track, causing the derailment.

Several ambulances responded, but no injuries were immediately reported.

Amtrak spokesperson Chelsea Kopta said 132 passengers were on board when the accident happened. A second engine and all passenger cars remained upright, she said.

Friday, Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says the train carrying couldn't resume its journey from Los Angeles to Chicago until Friday morning after the boulder was removed and the tracks repaired.
Magiiari says the train's second engine remained on the tracks and that the train still had power, heating and toilet service while it remained at the derailment site.


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