Train in Alaska derails after collision with avalanche debris piled on tracks

An Alaska Railroad train derailed early Tuesday after running into avalanche debris that covered the tracks, officials said.The first two cars of t...

January 25, 2023
4:34 AM

An Alaska Railroad train derailed early Tuesday after running into avalanche debris that covered the tracks, officials said.The first two cars of the 3,144-foot freight train ran off the track and a third car was partially derailed after colliding with the pile of snow in the Turnagain Arm area south of Girdwood.Two crew members were aboard the train when it hit the snow field just before 2 a.m., railroad spokesperson Christy Terry told KTUU-TV. The train had just left Whittier and was headed north.

Stephen Sorace