Alaska Railroad passengers injured while riding speeding train

Casey Grove

About a dozen passengers on a chartered Alaska Railroad train suffered minor injuries Saturday morning when the train went around a curve too fast south of Cantwell, a railroad spokesman says.

The passengers were in Princess Cruises railcars, pulled by an Alaska Railroad engine, destined for a cruise ship in Whittier, railroad spokesman Tim Sullivan said. The train was headed south near Mile 293 when it rounded a corner at "excessive speed," Sullivan said. About 12 people were "bumped and bruised," but none of them needed immediate medical attention, he said.

"The Alaska Railroad has launched an investigation into the incident," Sullivan said.

The posted speed limit for that area of track is 30 mph, Sullivan said. It remained unclear Tuesday how fast the train was going, he said.

"We're still investigating that," Sullivan said.

An engineer is typically in charge of a train's speed, Sullivan said. The railroad spokesman said he could not discuss whether the engineer in Saturday's incident had been suspended, because it was a personnel issue.

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