At least six people died when an Amtrak train from Washington to New York derailed last night north of Philadelphia.
Amtrak has halted all service between New York and Philadelphia and is running "modified" service between Boston and New York.
The Boston Fire Department reports a fire that erupted in an electrical vault by the side of the Northeast Corridor tracks in Forest Hills around 6:44 a.m. went to two alarms as firefighters poured bottle after bottle of dry chemical extinguisher on it.
The fire halted commuter rail and Amtrak service along the nation's busiest passenger rail corridor. Orange Line service, briefly halted, has now resumed.
WBZ reports on a Boston-bound Amtrak train that just sat in Connecticut for three hours last night.
Transit Police report a woman, about 34, was on the tracks at the Attleboro commuter-rail stop when she was hit and killed by an outbound train around 9 a.m.
Both commuter-rail and Amtrak service were halted. Police and the DA's office are investigating why she was on the tracks at the time, but foul play is not suspected.
Riders from the south and west got to enjoy the scenic vistas of the South Station rail yards this morning when Amtrak's signals failed yet again, and trains were unable to pull into the station. America's Railroad fixed the problem shortly after 9:15 and trains began pulling in.
According to T alerts, Needham, Providence and Franklin Line riders who just want to go home are currently delayed due to "congestion."
MBCR explains that, in this case, "congestion" means an outbound Amtrak train was mistakenly switched onto the Needham tracks, which is sort of like the train equivalent of a truck trying to get on Storrow Drive, given that Amtrak trains use electric power and the Needham Line, well, doesn't.
UPDATE: The death toll was updated late this morning, after authorities found a third body.
Two men and a woman in an SUV sitting on the Northeast Corridor tracks in Mansfield died when a Amtrak train heading to Boston slammed into the vehicle around midnight, Transit Police report.
The collision and investigating halted Acela and regional service between Boston and Providence until shortly after 7 a.m., Amtrak reports. Service on the Providence Line was slowed.
Police say they are continuing to investigate why the SUV was on the tracks.
A bird met its demise this evening on the front of a speeding outbound Amtrak train just north of Hyde Park station. The train came to a halt - at first it was unclear if the train had hit a person or a bird, until first responders found a large number of feathers embedded in the train. Service on both Amtrak and MBTA commuter-rail lines was halted for close to an hour.
UPDATE: Kary's last communique was at 2:50 a.m., sent from the back of an Uber car in Boston because a) there were no cabs at South Station at 2:50 a.m. and b) she already had the Uber app on her phone.
Kary was on Acela 2168, scheduled to arrive in Boston at 8:43 p.m. She reports it broke down in Connecticut west of New Haven. And then just sat there on the tracks, for 2 1/2 hours - 2 of them with no power - and no working restrooms.
Firefighters from several towns and NStar are on University Avenue near the Rte. 128 train station, working to shut down a leaky gas main. Train service through the station was halted; State Police shut the University Avenue ramp from 128.
MassDOT today released a drawing with one idea of what the interior of the new South Station could look like when the postal annex is moved somewhere else.
The llighter, airier feel envisioned by the rendering would seem to rule out the mixed-use tower once proposed to be built atop the station. In a post to go with the rendering, MassDOT's Klark Jessen writes:
Starting Monday, Metro-North Railroad will offer alternate transportation for passengers traveling between New Haven, Conn., and Grand Central Terminal via a train-bus-train connection. Amtrak passengers using this option will need to arrange for transportation between Grand Central and New York Penn Station.
Walking Boston reports a turkey flew into the windshield of the engine powering his Boston-bound Amtrak regional train in Mansfield shortly after 4 p.m., forcing the train to a halt.
Gregory Colica, heading to the Hub from New York tweets the announcement that came over the PA after train 86 stopped:
A wild turkey jumped up and smashed the windshield, so we had to stop and brush it off. Sorry for the delay folks - Boston in 10.
Moving, but at low speed. Conductor said that wind is the problem, trying to avoid further breakage.
Photo of the aftermath at South Station below the fold ...
Kamikaze turkey takes out car on 128.