Calif. Zephyr Derails in Nebraska

By Scott McGrew
|  Friday, Aug 26, 2011  |  Updated 1:02 PM PDT
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Calif. Zephyr Derails in Nebraska

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Updated: The California Zephyr, train #6, which left Emeryville Wednesday, has derailed west of Benkleman, Neb., Amtrak officials tell NBC Bay Area News. 

The train, which travels between Chicago and California, was carrying 175 passengers when it hit a piece of agricultural equipment. 

Two locomotives and three rail cars left the railway. Amtrak says "a small number of people" have been taken to the hospital. A nurse at Dundy County hospital in Benkleman tells NBC Bay Area that the small facility has been put on standby to receive injuries.

NBC Bay Area talked to a nurse at the small Dundy County facility who said the staff was ready to receive any number of injuries.

The rest of the passengers have been taken to a local high school.

Amtrak says family members of passengers can call 800-523-9101.

Six people died on the Zephyr in June when it slammed into a tractor trailer in rural Nevada.

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