Amtrak Train, Truck In Accident Near Albuquerque

Aug 14, 2013

Authorities in New Mexico say an Amtrak passenger train struck a tractor-trailer rig carrying automobiles at a crossing on the southern outskirts of Albuquerque late Wednesday morning.

Bernalillo County sheriff's Sgt. Aaron Williamson says initial reports indicate there were no serious injuries.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says no passengers were hurt but the train's two engineers were taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Media photos of the accident scene showed at least one crumpled car on the ground.

Magliari says one of the lead locomotive's two windshields was damaged. He says the train will not proceed until either repairs are made or the locomotive is replaced.

The eastbound train left Los Angeles Tuesday and is scheduled to arrive in Chicago Thursday. It was carrying 253 passengers when the accident occurred.

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