Amtrak Says Engineer Hurt When Train Hits Trailer

By Salon Staff
Published March 8, 2012 11:00AM (UTC)
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ALPAUGH, Calif. (AP) — Amtrak says an engineer is injured after a train carrying 84 passengers collided with a truck in northern California.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says the northbound train hit the trailer of a semi as it was "obstructing" railroad tracks around 11 a.m. Wednesday in rural Tulare County.

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Tulare County Fire Captain Larry Stucker tells Fresno's KMPH-TV that the big rig had stopped at a stop sign, and that it appeared the truck driver thought the trailer was clear of the tracks.

The engineer was taken to a hospital for possible back injuries.

Amtrac says no one else was hurt, but Stucker says two people were treated at the scene for undisclosed injuries.

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Magliari says just the train engine and truck were damaged. The passengers were transported by bus to another train.


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