National Railroad Passenger Corporation
210 South Canal Street, Suite 540
Chicago, Illinois 60606-5784
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 21, 1998
Contact: Debbie Hare
Amtrak's Texas Eagle Derails Near Dallas;
No Life-Threatening Injuries To Passengers And Crew
CHICAGO -- At approximately 7:05 p.m. (Central Standard Time) yesterday, the
southbound Texas Eagle, Train #21, derailed in the City of Arlington, Texas, 16 miles west of
Dallas. The train was en route from Chicago to San Antonio when it derailed three locomotives
and six cars. There were no life threatening injuries to the approximately 199 passengers and 18
crew members on board the train at the time of the incident.
The train consisted of three locomotives and 10 cars. All three locomotives and six cars derailed
including a baggage car, a crew dormitory car, a passenger sleeping car, a dining car, a lounge car
and a coach. The four rearmost passenger cars remained on the tracks.
Amtrak is aware of five employee and 14 passenger injuries at this time. None of these injuries is
believed to be serious and all 19 people have been treated and released from three area hospitals.
Amtrak has dispatched a full support team to assist passengers and crew members involved in the
incident. Amtrak has set up a special toll-free hotline for friends and family of passengers to call
for information. That number is 1-800-523-9101.
The cause of the accident is under investigation. Amtrak is working with the National
Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Union
Pacific Railroad, which owns, maintains and dispatches the tracks over which the train was
operating at the time of the incident, to determine the cause of the incident.