CHICAGO (CBS)– An Amtrak train headed from Chicago to Pontiac, Michigan with 178 people onboard derailed Sunday morning two miles east of Niles, Michigan. No life-threatening injuries were reported, according to Amtrak.
Amtrak Wolverine Service Train 350 derailed about two miles east of Niles, Michigan, at about 9:10 a.m. Chicago time, according to a release from Amtrak. Niles, Michigan is about 10 miles north of South Bend, Ind. The train was carrying approximately 174 passengers and four crewmembers.
Some non-life threatening injuries have been reported and about a dozen people have been taken to area hospitals, Amtrak said. All passengers and crew have been evacuated from the train and transported from the scene, the release said. The train equipment has been uprighted and put back on the tracks. Amtrak will be investigating the incident to determine what occurred.
As a result of this incident, Amtrak is arranging for alternate transportation for passengers from Train 350, as well as for other trains that have been disrupted until the tracks can be re-opened to service.
Passengers who have paid but choose not to travel on Amtrak because of this service disruption can receive a refund or a voucher for future travel, Amtrak said. Some reservations booked online can be modified or canceled on Amtrak.com or by using the free Amtrak mobile app.
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