Modified Amtrak Vermonter service following derailment

In this aerial photo railroad passenger cars from a derailed Amtrak passenger train are surrounded by foliage, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015, in Northfield, Vt. The train, the Vermonter, was headed from Vermont to Washington, D.C., when it apparently struck rocks that were on the tracks. No life-threatening injuries were reported. (Stefan Hard/Barre-Montpelier Times Argus via AP)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Amtrak Vermonter is on modified service for October 6th and 7th after Monday’s train hit a rock slide and derailed in Roxbury, Vermont.

98 passengers and four crew members were on the 55 Vermonter when it derailed, cutting off all services north of Springfield.

For now, Amtrak has posted a modified schedule for October 6th and 7th.

Train 55 from St. Albans, Vermont to Washington D.C. will now start in Springfield. Likewise, Train 56 from Washington D.C. to St. Albans will end in Springfield. Amtrak is offering bus service for passengers who need to travel to and from stops north of Springfield.

Here’s what this means for passengers on both Tuesday and Wednesday:  Train 56 coming from the south, heading north, is scheduled to arrive in Springfield at 3:00 P.M.  At that point passengers will get off the train and board a bus which will continue north.  Passengers coming from the north on what would have been Train 55, will be brought to Springfield by bus.  Upon their arrival to Springfield, they will deboard the bus and board the same train that brought passengers in from the south.  That train would normally leave the Springfield station at 2:50 P.M. but will be leaving late, because Amtrak is using the same train that will arrive in Springfield at 3:00 P.M.

In a news release sent to 22News, Amtrak says the service changes will go on at least two days while clean up of the derailed train finishes up and while an investigation into the accident is completed.

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