List of accidents on Amtrak

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Chase, Maryland.
Silver Spring, Maryland.
Mobile, Alabama
Bourbonnais, Illinois.

This is a list of significant accidents and incidents involving Amtrak, which has operated most intercity rail passenger service in the United States since 1971.


  • On December 15, 1976, train № 15 collided with a tanker truck at a grade crossing in Marland, Oklahoma. The truck driver and 2 train crew members were killed; 11 other train occupants were injured.[1]
  • On October 2, 1977, the Floridian struck a pickup truck which had driven past the flashing warning lights in Plant City, Florida. All ten occupants of the truck died in the crash, but none of the train's crew or passengers were injured.[2]
  • On June 9, 1978, Conrail commuter train № 400 struck the rear-end of Amtrak train № 60. 16 crew members and 160 passengers were injured.[3]
  • On April 2, 1980, the Silver Star collided head-on with a Seaboard Coast Line freight train in Lakeview, North Carolina. 123 people were injured.[4]
  • On July 4, 1984, two people sitting in a parked truck died when the truck was hit by an Amtrak train in Elgin, South Carolina.[citation needed]
  • On July 11, 1984, the Silver Star hit a tanker truck at a grade crossing in McBee, South Carolina, killing the engineer, truck driver, and injuring five others.[5](p27)
  • On July 23, 1984, two Amtrak trains collided head-on on a viaduct 80 feet (24 m) above a street in Queens, New York City, killing one man and injuring 125 others.[5](p13)
  • On January 4, 1987, the Colonial collided with three Conrail locomotives in Chase, Maryland due to the locomotives overrunning signals. Sixteen people were killed; 164 were injured.[6]
  • On September 28, 1989, the Crescent collided with a fire truck that was responding to a fire about 80 miles (130 km) south of Washington, DC. Three people, including two firefighters, were killed. More than 70 people were injured.[citation needed]
  • On December 19, 1989, the San Joaquin Flyer collided with a truck carrying Hershey's chocolate syrup. All cars derailed. The driver of the truck was killed as well as two train engineers. Dozens were injured.[7]
  • On September 22, 1993, a barge collided with the Big Bayou Canot swing bridge in Mobile, Alabama and pushed it out of alignment. Moments later, the Sunset Limited crossed the bridge at 70 miles per hour (110 km/h), causing the bridge to collapse. Fuel from the locomotives caught fire. Forty-seven people were killed and 103 were injured in Amtrak's deadliest accident.
  • On February 16, 1996, the Capitol Limited collided with a Maryland Area Regional Commuter passenger train in Silver Spring, Maryland after the latter had overrun signals. Eleven people were killed and 26 were injured due to the collision and subsequent fire.
  • On March 15, 1999, the City of New Orleans collided with a semi-truck on a grade crossing in Bourbonnais, Illinois and derailed due to a track circuit fault activating the barriers too late. Eleven people were killed and 122 were injured.[8]
  • On May 6, 2003, the Silver Star collided with a truck on a grade crossing near Hinesville, Georgia. The truck driver and train driver were killed.[9]
  • On August 2, 2003, a train collided with a dump truck on a grade crossing in Raleigh, North Carolina. Two people in the truck were killed, fifteen passengers were injured.[10]
  • On November 30, 2007, the Pere Marquette ran into the rear of a freight train in Chicago, Illinois. Three people were admitted to hospital.[11]
  • On January 25, 2008, at approximately 11:40 p.m. the Sunset Limited struck a tractor-trailer on a grade crossing in Northeast Harris County, Texas.[12]
  • On May 13, 2010, the Piedmont collided with a truck on a grade crossing in Mebane, North Carolina. Twelve people were injured.[13]
  • On June 3, 2011, an Amtrak train collided with a Metra commuter train at Union Station, Chicago, Illinois. One of the trains derailed, five people were injured.[14]
  • On June 24, 2011, a truck collided with the California Zephyr on a grade crossing near Reno, Nevada. At least six people were killed.[15]
  • On July 11, 2011, the Downeaster collided with a garbage truck on a grade crossing in North Berwick, Maine and caught fire. The truck driver was killed.[16]
  • On October 12, 2011, the San Joaquin overran signals and collided with the Coast Starlight in Oakland, California. Seventeen people were injured.[17]
  • On November 29, 2012, the Silver Star collided with a dump truck on a grade crossing in Orlando, Florida. The truck driver was killed and seven passengers were injured.[18]
  • On October 28, 2014, an Amtrak train collided with a truck on a grade crossing north of Lafayette, Indiana. Twenty-four people were injured.[19]
  • On November 18, 2014, an Amtrak train collided with a minivan in Kalamazoo, MI. All three adult occupants of the minivan were killed. [20]
  • On the evening of June 27, 2017, two CSX workers were fatally struck by a southbound Amtrak train approaching Union Station in Washington, D.C. after exiting a stopped freight train to check out a technical issue.[citation needed]
  • On January 14, 2018, the Palmetto collided with a SUV that went around a lowered crossing arm in Whitakers, North Carolina, killing a pastor and his wife. There was no injuries reported on the train.[21]
  • On January 16, 2018, an Amtrak Capitol Corridor train collided with a vehicle near Dixon, California, killing a 21-year old man. No injuries were reported on the train.[22]
  • On January 31, 2018, a chartered train carrying Republican Party lawmakers from Washington, D.C. to a retreat in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia collides with a garbage truck near Crozet, Virginia. One person was confirmed dead.[23]
  • On February 4, 2018, Silver Star train number 91 traveling southbound from New York to Miami, Florida collided with a CSX freight train at Cayce, South Carolina and derailed. Two employees were killed and 116 passengers were injured amongst the eight crew and 139 passengers on board.[24][25][26][27]


Salem, Illinois.
Port Richmond, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


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