Big Rig Hits Amtrak Train in Central Valley; At Least 20 Hurt

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HANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Two cars and the locomotive of an Amtrak train carrying about 169 passengers derailed after colliding with a big rig truck in California's Central Valley.

Authorities say at least 20 passengers suffered minor to moderate injuries.

The crash occurred Monday afternoon when the driver of the big rig carrying cotton trash failed to yield and hit the train, which was traveling south of the town of Hanford. The impact pushed the two passenger cars and the locomotive off the tracks.

The train traveled about 600 feet after the collision before derailing.

Kings County Assistant Sheriff Dave Putnam described the injuries to passengers as bumps, bruises, scrapes and possibly broken bones. The California Highway Patrol said the truck driver suffered minor injuries.

The train was on its way from Oakland to Bakersfield.