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Big rig driver involved in Amtrak crash identified

October 1, 2012 |  8:15 pm

Two cars and the locomotive derailed after colliding with a big rig in California's Central Valley. The truck's driver has been identified.Authorities have identified the driver of the big rig that crashed Monday into a southbound Amtrak train in the Central Valley, injuring dozens of passengers.

Macario Medina, 32, was driving a vehicle filled with cotton gin trash westbound on Kansas Avenue about 12:20 p.m. near the city of Hanford when he failed to stop at the crossing arms of a railroad track and plowed into the side of the train, California Highway Patrol Officer Scott Jobinger said.

The train went off the tracks and continued moving about 600 feet.

Medina, who is from McFarland, a tiny town in Kern County, suffered moderate injuries and was taken to a Hanford medical center. There was no indication that he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time, Jobinger said.

Dozens of the 170 passengers aboard the train suffered mild to moderate injuries and were taken to area hospitals.

An investigation is ongoing.

The train had left the Bay Area earlier in the day and was bound for Bakersfield.


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Photo: Two cars and the locomotive derailed after colliding with a big rig truck in California's Central Valley. Credit: Associated Press