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30 to 40 hurt as Amtrak train, big rig collide in Central Valley

October 1, 2012 |  3:24 pm

A big rig careened into a southbound Amtrak train Monday in California's Central Valley, injuring 30 to 40 people as three cars derailed.

The big rig ran into the four-car Amtrak train about 12:30 p.m. south of Hanford, leading to the derailment of three of the train's cars as it continued about a quarter of a mile, Kings County Sheriff's Deputy David Putnam said.

Thirty to 40 people were injured out of 169 passengers, Putnam said. The injured were taken to a hospital and the non-injured were extricated from the train and taken into Hanford Civic Center. Most of the injuries were minor to moderate.

Putnam said the big rig traveling on Kansas Avenue hit the train in the middle; most of the injured were in the three rear cars that derailed. Putnam said the train leaned over 45 degrees before coming off the tracks.

Investigators don't yet know why the driver of the big rig failed to stop.


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