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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Central Valley MCI Truck versus Train

Amtrak train carrying about 169 passengers derailed in a collision with a big rig truck in California's Central Valley.

The train was on its way from Oakland to Bakersfield, according to Amtrak. It had four rail cars and a locomotive.
At least 20 passengers suffered minor to moderate injuries, authorities said.
  Injuries: At least 20 passengers suffered minor to moderate injuries. Kings County Assistant Sheriff Dave Putnam described the injuries to passengers as bumps, bruises, scrapes and possibly broken bones.  Eight of the injured passengers were taken to Adventist Medical Center in Hanford and five more were expected, said hospital spokeswoman Christine Pickering. She did not provide details on the extent of their injuries. "We did call in additional physicians and staff," Pickering said. Four additional injured passengers were taken to nearby Adventist Medical Center in Selma, while seven people were taken to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, officials said. The truck driver suffered minor injuries. 
"This is a big, huge chaotic scene with lots of agencies involved," California Highway Patrol spokesman Jerry Pierce said. 
Pierce said the other passengers were taken to an auditorium in Hanford, where they boarded another train and continued to their destinations or they were picked up by family members. All train service through the area was halted after the crash.  Initially, Amtrak had expected to resume service through the area in time for the morning rush hour, but Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole said late Monday that a bus bridge would carry passengers between Bakersfield and Hanford until at least 7:15 a.m. "We will wait for further word from BNSF to see if we need to make further adjustments," Cole said.  BNSF Railway Co., which operates the tracks, expected to have the tracks open by 7 a.m., spokeswoman Lena Kent said. Repair crews worked into Tuesday removing two derailed cars and a locomotive and to repair damaged railroad tracks after an Amtrak train carrying about 169 passengers derailed in a collision with a big rig truck in California's Central Valley.  Additionally, a second accident, this one around 4 p.m. Monday about 10 miles away involving a freight train and a tractor-trailer, left a truck driver with major injuries, the CHP said.

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