A second passenger train is derailed in the United States

Written by Bill Wilson, Editor

The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad offers tourist trains in North Carolina.

A second passenger train has derailed in the United States and investigators are trying to figure out what caused the accident in North Carolina.

The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad (GSMR) train ran off the tracks Oct. 9 as it headed for the Bryson City depot from the Nantahala Outdoor Center in Swain County, North Carolina. No one was hurt.

Train passengers said hundreds were on board enjoying the fall colors and several carriages derailed. At least one of them was leaning over Lake Fontana. Another eyewitness said the tracks under the cars folded over, causing the derailment.

GSMR Railroad Vice President and General Manager Kim Albritton said no major damage had occurred as a result of the crash and the goal was to complete all necessary repairs and inspections by the end of the day on October 12.

Heavy rains in the area could have caused the tracks to separate.

In late September, an Amtrak train derailed near Joplin, Montana, killing three passengers.

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