An Amtrak passenger train derails on April 23, 1990; 83 were injured

A 19-car Amtrak passenger train derailed on April 23, 1990, injuring 83 of the 400 people on board. Eyewitnesses counted up to nine cars off the track. Robert Franklin said 32 years ago, just after the crash. “It was just a big loud bang. Kind of like a clang, clang,” said his wife, Patricia. The train was carrying 394 passengers and about 20 crew, said Debbie Hare, spokeswoman for ‘Amtrak in Chicago. The cars began to pull off the track just before reaching a level crossing on the southern edge of this town of 525, 90 miles southeast of Des Moines. The train had 12 cars of passengers, four baggage cars and three locomotives, said Sue Martin, spokeswoman for Amtrak in Washington. Wisconsin, Marlin Schneider, who was returning from the National Conference of State Legislatures in Boise, Idaho, and suffered a leg bruise while traveling with his two young daughters. off the beaten path everywhere…. We weren’t very badly injured, but some no many people have done it. Passenger Trail Derailment “The train just started shaking,” said Jasonna Gibson of Schenectady, NY. She said she was holding her baby, Tamu, when the train derailed. . I tried to grab it and a lady fell on top of me,’ Ms Gibson said. mentioned. ″ It just made a noise, like metal grating metal. It was really unusual, like a bunch of wheels hitting.

A 19-car Amtrak passenger train derailed on April 23, 1990, injuring 83 of the 400 people on board.

Eyewitnesses counted up to nine cars off the track.

“It made a hell of a noise and then all kinds of dust started flying,” Robert Franklin said 32 years ago just after the crash.

“It was just a big loud clap. Kind of like a clang, clang,” his wife, Patricia, said.

The train was carrying 394 passengers and about 20 crew members, said Debbie Hare, spokeswoman for Amtrak in Chicago.

The cars began to veer off the track just before reaching a railroad crossing on the southern edge of this town of 525 people, 90 miles southeast of Des Moines.

The train had 12 passenger cars, four baggage cars and three locomotives, said Sue Martin, spokeswoman for Amtrak in Washington.

Marci Larson, another Amtrak spokeswoman in Washington, said the last seven cars derailed: three were left upright, three were left leaning over and one, a sleeping car, was turned on its side.

Among the passengers was Wisconsin State Rep. Marlin Schneider, who was returning from the National Conference of State Legislatures in Boise, Idaho, and suffered a bruised leg.

“We were having lunch and suddenly the train collapsed,” said Schneider, who was traveling with her two young daughters.

″It started to buckle. Cars are off the beaten path everywhere. … We weren’t hurt very badly, but a number of people did.″

Schneider said it was lucky he and his daughters were in the dining car and not their sleeping car, which flipped over.

Video below: Reporting on the derailment of a passenger trail in 1990

“The train just started shaking,” said Jasonna Gibson of Schenectady, NY. She said she was holding her baby, Tamu, when the train derailed.

“The baby fell. I tried to grab it and a lady fell on top of me,’ Ms Gibson said.

Paula Stater, who lives about a quarter mile from where the train derailed, said she saw it fall off the tracks.

“It just passed,” she said. ″ It just made a noise, like metal grating metal. It was really unusual, like a bunch of wheels hitting.

Jose P. Rogers