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...