AUSTIN, Texas — Amtrak is apologizing for the derailment of a train carrying about 2,500 people at an Amtrak station in Texas on Wednesday, saying it was a safety issue and not caused by a train set on fire.
The derailment occurred at the Northeast Corridor station at the Texas Railroad Station, near the border with Mexico.
The train was headed to Houston, where the Federal Aviation Administration had to divert the train because of the fire, which destroyed the front end of the train, and the rear end of a locomotive.
The train had been carrying about 400 people.
Amtrak officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Associated Press.
The cause of the derailments was not immediately clear.
The Federal Aviation Agency and the Texas Department of Transportation, which oversees Amtrak, did not respond to a request for comment.
An Amtrak spokesman, David Brown, said the railroad has been working to address the safety of its trains.
“We are very sorry that this happened and that our safety record is not as good as it could have been,” Brown said in a statement.
“As we work to fix this, we will continue to do everything we can to improve the safety and reliability of our trains and operate them safely.”
Amtrak has already begun working on new procedures to improve safety for our passengers and employees.
“The train’s driver, a 49-year-old man, was hospitalized and has since been released.
The railroad has hired a private security firm to inspect and maintain the railroad’s track.