Reports: February Amtrak Crash Cost About $2.3M
LEONI TWP. (WWJ/AP) – Reports submitted to the Federal Railroad Administration estimate that a crash involving a Chicago-bound Amtrak train in southern Michigan in February caused nearly $2.3 million in damage.
The Jackson Citizen Patriot said the reports from Amtrak and Norfolk Southern were posted Tuesday on the Office of Safety Analysis website.
The damage estimate included $2.2 million to equipment, $37,000 to the track and $50,000 to a semi-truck that was stuck on the tracks and hit by the train.
The accident happened in Jackson County’s Leoni Township, 45 miles south of Lansing. Amtrak officials said in a statement that the collision caused the engine to come to rest on its side and the first two cars of the train to lose contact with the rails.
A passenger said most of the 68 people on board were asleep at the time of the crash. Ten were sent to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Full service was restored the day after the crash.
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