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below, release from Amtrak....

California Zephyr

CHICAGO -- At about 8:50 a.m. CDT, an agricultural vehicle obstructing the BNSF
Railway Co., tracks caused an Amtrak train to become disabled near Benkelman,
Neb., near the Nebraska-Kansas border.

There were no reports of life-threatening injuries to the estimated 178
passengers or the train's crew. A small number of passengers have been taken to
a local hospital.

Both of the train's locomotives left the rails, along with three railcars. The
remainder of the train remains upright and in line.
Train 6, the eastbound California Zephyr, was enroute from Emeryville, Calif.,
to Chicago, departing the San Francisco Bay area on August 24. Passengers are
being taken from the scene to nearby a high school to be cared for and to be
transported east to their destination.

Amtrak managers and representatives of BNSF, the track owner, are enroute to the

We are saddened by any injury and appreciate the emergency response by local and
state agencies. We ask the news media to be respectful of our customers, our
employees and their families.
Persons with questions about their friends and family aboard this train have a
special number to call for information: 800-523-9101.

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