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Amtrak Train Headed to Florida Partially Derails in Fairfax County, Virginia
An Amtrak train carrying over 700 passengers on its way to Florida partially derailed in Fairfax County, Virginia (VA) leading to multiple injuries, according to the Washington Post. Reports indicate two front wheels on the train apparently lost contact with the tracks causing the derailment.
The Amtrak Train (#97) was considered a "special train" and this was not a standard service trip.
The details of what exactly caused the two wheels to lose contact with the track are unknown. Could there be a structural or mechanical issue with the track itself? Maybe. We'll have to wait and see what the investigation reveals.
If the administration truly wants to promote rail as legitimate form of transportation for the general public to use on a regular basis, getting the right safety protocols in place to prevent these types of derailments is necessary.