Friday, August 26, 2011

Amtrak Train Carrying 178 People Derails in Nebraska

From the Washington Post:
An Amtrak spokesman says one person has been taken to a hospital after a train carrying about 175 passengers hit a vehicle and derailed in southwest Nebraska.

Amtrak’s Marc Magliari said the person’s injuries were considered non-life-threatening. He didn’t have information on any other injuries to passengers or crew members aboard the eastbound California Zephyr train from San Francisco to Chicago.

The train derailed around 8 a.m. Friday near Max, not far from the state’s borders with Kansas and Colorado. Two locomotives and the first three of 10 passenger cars left the tracks.

Magliari says the other passengers were being loaded onto school buses that would take them to a nearby high school. He says Amtrak will rent private buses so the passengers can continue their trips east.
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