- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 26, 2006

1:07 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A chartered Amtrak train carrying the Washington Nationals derailed early this morning near Wilmington, Del., but no one was injured.

“It was a very minor derailment,” Amtrak spokeswoman Tracy Connell said. “The rear wheels of the locomotive went off the track.”

The engine and three cars remained upright, and the train slowed to a stop around 1:30 a.m., Connell said. About 50 passengers on board were transferred to another train, which arrived in Washington just before 5 a.m.

A statement released this morning by the team said all members of the organization were transferred to a replacement train at 3:15 a.m.

The Nationals were traveling home from New York after their 7-3 win over the Mets on Monday.

Nationals radio engineer Jack Hicks, who was on the train with the team, said the lights went off and the train came to a slow stop. Others said they didn’t know there was a problem.

“I didn’t feel a thing,” Nationals broadcaster Charlie Slowes told WTOP radio. “Some people say they felt a minor jolt.”

It was not clear what caused the derailment, Connell said.

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