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Train Crash: Indiana Amtrak Rips Semi in Half at Crossing

By    |   Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 06:04 AM

A truck driver who thought he had enough time to clear the tracks pulled his semi into the path of a Chicago-bound Amtrak train in northwestern Indiana. The truck carrying powdered cement was ripped in half and several people on the train were injured.

Fourteen passengers and crew members complained of pain after the Tuesday morning collision near Reynolds and eight were taken to local hospitals for evaluation, The Associated Press reported Chief Deputy A.J. Alletto of the White County Sheriff's Department as saying.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said everyone who was injured either was released at the scene of the crash or treated and released at hospitals.

Alletto said 55-year-old Jeffrey B. Hatfield of Bedford, Indiana, miscalculated when he pulled onto CSX tracks into the path of the Indianapolis-to-Chicago Hoosier State line.

"He said he looked to the south, where the train was, and he thought he had plenty of time to get across the tracks. But obviously he did not," Alletto told the AP.

Hatfield wasn't injured in the collision, which occurred at 8:20 a.m. about two miles north of the town of Reynolds, Alletto said.

Magliari said the Hoosier State line was carrying 56 passengers and three crew members at the time. He said that shortly before the collision the train had left Lafayette, where it had picked up passengers in its second stop after leaving Indianapolis. The train had two more stops before reaching Chicago, he said. The remaining passengers later continued their journey to Chicago aboard charter buses.

The impact of the train cut the truck in half and left the train and the crossing site along U.S. 421 covered with gray dust from the load of powered cement the truck was hauling.

"The collision ripped the truck in half," White County Sheriff Pat Shafer said.

Local officials and CSX crews were assessing the spilled cement at the site, which Alletto said is not a hazardous material but could cause problems if it were to solidify along the tracks.

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A truck driver who thought he had enough time to clear the tracks pulled his semi into the path of a Chicago-bound Amtrak train in northwestern Indiana. The truck carrying powdered cement was ripped in half and several people on the train were injured.
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