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Amtrak train bound for Washington derails in Vermont; 7 hurt

Amtrak train bound for Washington derails in Vermont; 7 hurt

An Amtrak train headed from Vermont to Washington, D.C., on Monday hit rocks that had fallen onto the track from a ledge, spilling the locomotive and a passenger car down an embankment, derailing three other cars and injuring seven people, authorities said.

The Vermonter train carrying 98 passengers and four crew members derailed about 10:30 a.m. in Northfield, about 20 miles southwest of Montpelier. Officials with the Federal Railroad Administration are investigating.

"This was a freak of nature," Gov. Peter Shumlin said at a news conference.

One of the injured people was airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire and was being...

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