UPI report of significant derailment of Amrak's California Zephyr, no fatalities
Altoona Mirror,-Wednesday, April 17,1985 Page AS Mudslide derails Amtrak's Zephyr, injuring 26 •• GRANBY, Colo. (UPI) - Amtrak's Amtrak's California Zephyr hit a 100- fc|«»««i_«,I yard mudslide, jumped the tracks ' NallUlldl and four cars plunged into a remote . " mountain canyon, injuring 26 of the 147 people aboard, authorities said. Amtrak officials said five injured people were evacuated by air after the Tuesday night crash, including two apparently suffering heart attacks. attacks. One Amtrak worker was admitted admitted to Timberline Medical Cen- ter- in Granby with unknown injuries. injuries. . ••'•• "The injuries include four crew members,-" said Amtrak spokesman Clifford Black in Washington. "We don't have the conditions of any of the injured, but.we're,told.the in-. juries range from cuts and bruises to bone fractures." Black said seven bf the train's 14 cars left the track and four landed in the Fraser River. State Patrol dispatcher Penny Dibble in'Hot Sulphur Springs, Colo., said the accident occurred about 10:30 p.m. EST in Fraser . Canyon, between Granby arid Tabernash in the craggy north-central north-central Colorado Rockies, about 55 miles .northwest bf Denver. "It was caused by a 100-yard mudslide," Dibble said. The trails two engines landed in the river on their sides, followed by two two baggage cars. A sleeper, used mainly as a dormitory for crew members, jumped the track next and- ended up sideways across the rails, Black said. "Then we have the first sleeping car, which derailed and is leaning off the track as if it were a ship off keel. "Then there's the first coach, which is off the track but upright and in line," he said. "The balance of the train — which is seven cars consisting of three coaches, a dining car a lounge car and two 'sleeping cars, none of which derailed — was used to carry the passengers and crew back to Granby. They were pulled by a Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad freight engine, which was in Granby at the time of the accident. "This site is nearly inaccessible by anything but a railroad vehicle," Black said. "There's no road. It's a narrow canyon but the railroad bed is not high above the river. "The track's'highest point is-maybe is-maybe 10 or 15 feet above the water: But the canyon walls do rise quite high above the railroad."