Amtrak Train Halts After Striking Large Bird

Amtrak was delayed for nearly an hour on Saturday near the Cornwells Heights station after striking a large bird.

An Amtrak train was delayed for nearly an hour on Saturday after striking a large bird, an Amtrak official said.

The 155 NE Regional Amtrak train came to a halt around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 just East of the Cornwells Heights Station, according to Craig Schulz, an Amtrak Media Relations spokesperson.

Passengers, including a Patch employee who reached out to Bensalem Patch, speculated that a person had been struck by the train. An investigation proved otherwise.

"At first, they knew they struck an object, but they didn't know what it was," Schulz said of the Amtrak crew. "After an investigation it was determined that it was a large bird."

The delay was necessary in order to investigate what had been struck and to see if any damage was done to the train. 

"The train ended up taking a 54 minute delay so the crews could take a look at what happened," Schulz said. "Once they were able to inspect everything, they continued on their way."

Fortunately, Schulz said that no crew members or train passengers were injured. Additionally, the train did not sustain damage, so transportation continued on Saturday.

Dave Fiedler January 29, 2013 at 06:11 PM
Leaves out what species of "large bird" was hit. Hopefully not one of several bald eagles that visit the area. There are a large number of Canada Geese in and around the river paralleling the main line tracks so perhaps one of them.
Jesseka Kadylak (Editor) January 30, 2013 at 10:42 PM
Yeh, they didn't have any information on what kind of bird it was... just that it was large.
Tom Sofield January 31, 2013 at 01:05 AM
Somebody on Facebook asked if Patch received any reports on whether Big Bird had escaped from Sesame Place prior to the strike : )


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