14 hurt in Indiana Amtrak crash with semitrailer

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REYNOLDS, Ind. (AP) — An Amtrak train traveling from Indianapolis to Chicago collided Tuesday morning with a semi-truck in its path along northwestern Indiana rail tracks, injuring at 14 people aboard the train, police said.

White County Sheriff Pat Shafer said 14 people complaining of pain were taken to local hospitals after the collision. The truck driver was not among the injured, he said.

Shafer said the collision occurred about 8:20 a.m. when the northbound train struck a semi-truck that had crossed onto rail tracks running adjacent to U.S. 421. He said the train split the truck in half but its driver was not injured. He said it’s unclear why the truck was on the rural tracks about 25 miles north of Lafayette.

“The collision ripped the truck in half,” Shafer told The Associated Press.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said none of the passengers and crew injured in Tuesday morning’s collision involving the Hoosier State line suffered serious or life-threatening injuries.

Magliari said the collision occurred shortly after the train left Lafayette, where it had made it second stop to pick up passengers after leaving Indianapolis. He said the train was carrying 56 passengers and three crew members when it collided with the semi-truck.

Magliari said it’s unclear why the truck’s driver apparently disregarded train crossing signs at the marked public train crossing along a White County road that intersects with U.S. 421.

Shafer said the train’s uninjured passengers were taken from the scene on buses.

The Journal & Courier reported the collision left two large pieces of the truck on either side of the tracks at the impact scene about two miles north of the White County town of Reynolds.

 

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