Amtrak train hits truck in Michigan, partly derails

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Posted: Feb 01, 2012 12:28 PM

(Reuters) - A westbound Amtrak train carrying 71 passengers and five crew members struck a semitrailer truck Wednesday morning as it neared Jackson, Michigan, partly derailing and sending 10 people to a local hospital, the carrier and a local official said.

Two of the 10 people taken to the hospital were Amtrak crew members and none of the injuries appeared life threatening, said Mike Jester, director of public safety for Blackman-Leoni Township where the derailment occurred.

The engine of the train came to rest on its side and the first two cars lost contact with the rails, Amtrak said. The tracks and the crossing where the crash happened are owned and maintained by Norfolk Southern Railway, Amtrak said.

(Reporting by David Bailey; Editing by Paul Thomasch)