Amtrak Train Hits Bacon Truck, Injuries Reported
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The Texas Eagle, which according to a Reuters report had 203 aboard, was traveling on its route from San Antonio to Chicago when it collided with a semitrailer carrying 70,000 pounds of bacon.
The accident occurred around 4 p.m. Friday in southwest Wilmington, a town about 50 miles south of Chicago, and 14 miles south of the Joliet train station.
Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari told the Tribune that Train No. 22 struck the back part of the truck, which was the part obstructing the tracks.
There was no derailment associated with the collision, but the truck’s cab separated from the trailer and each ended up on opposite sides of the train. The severely damaged trailer overturned and scattered bacon around the tracks. There were no immediate reports about the condition of the truck driver.
There are conflicting reports about the number of injured passengers. Wilmington police Chief Philip Arnold told the Tribune, as many as 10 people were taken to area hospitals for unspecified injuries. But Amtrak spokesman Craig Schulz said three passengers were hospitalized with minor injuries.
Passenger Sam Herwitz, 23, boarded in St. Louis and was sitting in the last train car.
"I personally didn't know we hit something. I thought we just hit the brakes," Herwitz said to the Tribune by phone while waiting for school buses to take passengers to a high school. "It was one sudden halt."
Herwitz said 20 minutes went by before passengers were told to exit the train. It was then he found out about the accident.
The train will not continue on until police finish their investigation and train workers inspect the tracks, Magliari told the Tribune.
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