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Tracks reopened after Central Valley train crash

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Amtrak says service is now up and running after a crash yesterday in the Central Valley.

Repair crews worked through the night in the Central Valley to remove two derailed train cars and a locomotive from the damaged tracks.

They hoped to have the tracks open by 5 a.m., but that was pushed back until 7 a.m.. There were 170 passengers aboard the train travelling from Oakland to Bakersfield yesterday, when it was hit by a big rig truck south of Fresno, near the farming town of Hanford. At least 20 people were hurt in the derailment. Investigators say the truck carrying cotton trash failed to yield and hit the train at a crossing equipped with gates to stop traffic.

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