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Amtrak Train Hits Dump Truck in California; 18 Injured

Aug 6, 2005 | AP

Officials say two people were seriously hurt and 18 others suffered minor injuries when an Amtrak train bound for San Diego collided with a dump truck crossing the tracks.

Officials say 18 of the train's 168 passengers and crew were taken to hospitals with minor injuries but only one remains hospitalized. The truck's two passengers were seriously hurt.

The Amtrak Surfliner left Santa Barbara around 7:00 p.m. headed for Los Angeles, then San Diego, its final destination.

Trains generally travel at 69 miles per hour when passing through the area.

Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham says the Surfliner consists of several cars with an engine pushing from behind. The front cab car partly derailed.

The cause of the crash is not known.

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