Amtrak Train Derails Near Benkelman Nebraska With 178 On Board

Amtrak's California Zephyr, Train #6, has derailed in rural southwestern Nebraska after hitting an agricultural vehicle that was on the tracks causing both locomotive engines and three railcars to leave the tracks.

The train was traveling from San Francisco (Oakland) on Wednesday for Chicago when the accident happen around 9am this morning. Dundy County Hospital Spokesperson Sandy Noffsinger said three people have been hospitalized as a result of the train accident, but none were life threatening.

The California Zephyr passes through the Sierra Nevada mountains, the Rocky Mountains, along the Colorado River, and across the great plains. The location of the accident is near the Kansas and Colorado state lines. it is a double decker train, with 15 or more rail cars normally.

Relatives and concerned friends that had passengers onboard may call 1-800-523-9101 for information. Passengers have been taken to a nearby school where they will then be taken to their destination.

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