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'Small number' in hospital after Amtrak derailment

Aug 26, 2011 12:33:00 PM - thestate.com
Amtrak says a small number of passengers have been taken to hospitals after a train carrying about 175 people between San Francisco and California derailed in Nebraska.

Amtrak says the California Zephyr train ran into some equipment on the tracks and derailed around 8 a.m. near Benkelman, not far from the state's borders with Kansas and Colorado.

Two locomotives and the first three of 10 passenger cars left the tracks. Some of the cars tipped onto their sides but there was no fire.

Amtrak spokesman Mark Magliari says he can't confirm the exact number of injuries but says none are believed to be life-threatening.

Dundy County Hospital spokeswoman Sandy Noffsinger says seven patients are being treated there. She confirms none of those injuries are considered to be life-threatening.

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