Truck collides with Amtrak train in Nevada

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Posted: Jun 24, 2011 5:38 PM
Truck collides with Amtrak train in Nevada

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A tractor-trailer rig collided with an Amtrak train on a Nevada highway on Friday and there were reports of injuries, Amtrak said in a statement.

The truck drove into the side of an Amtrak train carrying 204 passengers and 14 crew members at a railroad crossing east of Reno, Amtrak said in a written statement.

The westbound California Zephyr was en route from Chicago to Emeryville, California.

"There are reports of injuries to Amtrak passengers and crew," said the U.S. passenger rail service, which is partly owned by the U.S. government.

Amtrak said it's representatives were headed to the scene, along with emergency responders.

"We are saddened by any injury and appreciate the emergency response by local and state agencies," Amtrak said.

A Nevada Highway Patrol spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment.

(Reporting by Dan Whitcomb)