Big Rig Collides with Train in Central Valley

Tuesday, Oct 2, 2012  |  Updated 5:32 AM PDT
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A big rig collided with an Amtrak train Monday in Central Valley. Mere miles from this crash, another truck crashed into a freight train.

A big rig collided with an Amtrak train Monday in Central Valley. Mere miles from this crash, another truck crashed into a freight train.

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Authorities say at least 40 passengers suffered minor to moderate injuries when a big rig truck collided with a southbound Amtrak train in the Central Valley in California, according to emergency response teams.
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Authorities say at least 40 passengers suffered minor to moderate injuries when a big rig truck collided with a southbound Amtrak train in the Central Valley in California, according to emergency response teams.

The big rig is overturned. Train cars are derailed and on their side, according to CHP Central Division's tweets. The train was traveling from Oakland to Bakersfield.

Kings County Assistant Sheriff Dave Putnam says the crash occurred around 12:30 p.m. Monday south of Hanford near the intersection of 10th and Kansas streets. The intersection is the same place a crash and derailment happened in 2008.

He described the injuries as bumps and bruises and possibly broken bones. Three of the five train cars were pushed off the track.

At the time, there were approximately 169 passengers and four crew members aboard Train 712, a southbound San Joaquin, enroute from Oakland to Bakersfield, Calif., which was made up of four railcars and a locomotive. 

This was the first of two truck-train collisions Monday. The second was between a truck and freight train at Grangeville and 4th Avenue, not far from this accident. The truck driver suffered moderate to serious injuries.

 

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The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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