Amtrak train #350 from Chicago derails near Niles, Michigan

Photo from WXYZ-TV


At least 7 people were taken to the hospital after an Amtrakpassenger train derailed late Sunday morning in Niles.

It happened shortly before 10:30 a.m. a half-mile north of the Jerry Tyler Memorial Airport.

The derailment was at the intersection of Terminal Rd. and Renaissance Dr.

169 people, passengers and crew were onboard.

WSBT was told on the scene none of the passengers hurt suffered life-threatening injuries and were taken to Lakeland Hospital in Niles, Lee Memorial in Dowagiac and South Bend’s Memorial Hospital for treatment.

School buses from Niles took the rest of the passengers to the city’s train station.

7 different ambulance services were called to the scene.

Two passengers on board the derailed Amtrak told WSBT it was fairly chaotic at the time of the accident, and they didn’t know if the train would tip over or not. They said luggage was flying.

The Amtrak train had 4 cars and 2 engines.

Emergency crews cleared the scene at 12:35 p.m.

Investigators from Amtrak were on their way to determine what caused the derailment.