Train strikes boul­der; two hos­pi­tal­ized in New Mex­ico

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - THE WEST - By Paul Daven­port

Pas­sen­gers and crew aboard a Chicago-bound Am­trak train spent the night stopped in north­ern New Mex­ico hill coun­try after the lead en­gine struck a boul­der and par­tially de­railed.

No se­ri­ous in­juries were re­ported but the two engi­neers in the lead en­gine were taken to a hos­pi­tal for eval­u­a­tion, Am­trak spokesman Marc Magliari said Fri­day from Chicago.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred Thurs­day evening on Burling­ton North­ern Santa Fe tracks in a ru­ral area near Wa­trous about 105 miles north­east of Al­bu­querque.

Magliari said the nine-car train car­ry­ing 132 pas­sen­gers and 14 crew mem­bers re­sumed its jour­ney from Los An­ge­les to Chicago Fri­day morn­ing after the boul­der was re­moved and the tracks re­paired.

The train’s sec­ond en­gine and all the cars re­mained on the tracks and the train still had power, heat­ing and toi­let ser­vice while it re­mained at the de­rail­ment site, the Am­trak spokesman said.

The train left Los An­ge­les Wed­nes­day night and was sched­uled to ar­rive in Chicago Fri­day af­ter­noon.

“They will be sig­nif­i­cantly de­layed in ar­riv­ing in Chicago,” Magliari said.

Pas­sen­gers who missed con­nec­tions to other trains would be pro­vided hous­ing at Am­trak’s ex­pense, he said.

Joe Sloan, a BNSF spokesman, said the boul­der was re­port­edly 5 feet in di­am­e­ter and it ap­par­ently rolled down or dropped off a nearby ridge, pos­si­bly due to rain or other weather con­di­tions.

After the train re­sumed its jour­ney and reach Ra­ton, New Mex­ico, BNSF pro­vided a freight en­gine to help the train get over Ra­ton Pass, the high­est point on the 2,266-mile South­west Chief route, Magliari said.

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