Amtrak train hits farm vehicle in Nebraska, several cars derail

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 26, 2011 11:48 AM

OMAHA, Neb (Reuters) - An Amtrak train carrying an estimated 178 passengers struck a farm vehicle in southwest Nebraska on Friday, derailing two locomotives and three cars and sending a number of passengers to a local hospital, a rail spokesman said.

There were no reports of life-threatening injuries from the collision, which occurred at about 8:50 a.m. local time near Benkelman, Nebraska, Amtrak said.

The California Zephyr train had left the San Francisco Bay area enroute to Chicago on August 24. Passengers were being taken to a nearby high school to be cared for and transported east.

(Reporting by David Hendee; Additional reporting by James Kelleher and David Bailey; Editing by Jerry Norton)