MONTPELIER — The Vermonter Amtrak train derailed in Northfield along Bull Run Road around 10:30 a.m. Monday morning, according to law enforcement officials.
Fire and rescue crews from several towns in Central Vermont are responding to the scene.
Photographer Stefan Hard said the engine is laying on its side and is over an embankment along with two passenger cars. A third passenger car is sitting diagonally across the track.
Times Argus reporter Eric Blaisdell reports that passengers on the train said it appeared rocks had fallen onto the track. There appeared to be about 80 passengers on board. Some said the train was traveling about 50mph when it derailed.
At least one person jumped into the engine to help the conductor, according to reporter Gina Conn.
No information on the number or extent of injuries was immediately available. A helicopter from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., is on scene. A steady stream of rescue vehicles have been arriving at the scene.
Officials have announced that non-injured passengers will be taken by school bus to Norwich University where they will be fed and alternate transportation will be provided.
State officials said the state’s emergency management center has been partially activated and could be upgraded.
“We are aware of the derailment of train 55 in VT. Emergency personnel are on the scene & we are assessing the situation,” Amtrak tweeted.
The story will be updated.