42 injured in Amtrak derailment south of Hanford

October 1, 2012 

— 3:54 p.m.: The toll from Monday's Amtrak collision is now 42 patients taken to Valley hospitals, officials said.

All the injuries were either minor or complaints of pain, said Dan Lynch, Kings County Emergency Medical Services director.

Patients were taken to six area hospitals: 12 to Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia; eight to Adventist Medical Center-Hanford; seven to Tulare District Hospital; four to Corcoran District Hospital; and four to Adventist Medical Center-Selma.

Seven more patients sought treatment after they arrived at the Hanford Civic Auditorium. They were all taken to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno.

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3:15 p.m.: About 30 to 50 Amtrak passengers were hurt, most with minor injuries, the CHP said. Injured riders were taken to area hospitals.

The big-rig truck, carrying cotton trash, was westbound and crossed into the southbound train's path. According to witnesses, the crossing arms were down.

Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham said the southbound train carried 169 passengers and the injuries were all non-life-threatening. There were no injuries to the crew.

The California Highway Patrol said about 50 passengers who did not report injuries were taken to the Hanford Civic Auditorium, 400 N. Douty St. The American Red Cross, Amtrak and fire departments are helping those passengers with travel to their destinations.

Graham said unhurt passengers will be bused to their southern destinations. She said plans for Amtrak passenger trains for the rest of the day have not yet been determined.

Graham said Train 712 left Oakland at 7:30 a.m. and was due in Bakersfield at 1:41 p.m. The collision happened when the train was struck by a big rig at 12:25 p.m. at Avenue 10. She said the crossing has gates and bells.

The train was configured so that the engine was the last car and the truck hit between the engine and the last passenger car. The engine was derailed and the last passenger car was partially derailed, she said.

1:28 p.m.: An Amtrak passenger train accident has injured at least 23 people, 22 who were on the passenger train and the driver of a big rig that struck the train, Kings County's Emergency Medical Services' division confirmed Monday afternoon.

The accident occurred at 12:20 p.m. near 10th and Kansas avenues, north of Corcoran.

The seriousness of the injuries is not known right now, but the truck driver was pinned in his vehicle, said Dan Lynch, director of Kings County Emergency Medical Services.

The number of casualties could rise as triage continues for those on the train, he said.

Nine ambulances were immediately sent to the scene along with an emergency medical services disaster unit, which carries "pre-hospital" supplies to conduct triage at the site.

There are 120 passengers on the train, Lynch said.

"We are receiving patients," said Christine Pickering, a spokeswoman for Adventist Medical Center-Hanford.

Pickering said the hospital has set up a command center to manage patients and has called in additional physicians and nurses to handle the influx of injured passengers.

Adventist Medical Center-Hanford has received two patients from the train derailment, and six more were en route at of 2 p.m. The hospital said family members who would like information can call its communications department at (559) 589-2032. Adventist Medical Center - Selma has received four patients.

In May 2008 at the same location as Monday's collision, 33 people suffered minor injuries when an Amtrak train was struck by a truck carrying lemons.

The northbound Amtrak San Joaquins train was traveling through the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad crossing at Kansas Avenue just before 5 p.m. when a big rig westbound on Kansas near 10th Avenue failed to stop for the crossing signals, the CHP said.

The truck hit the side of the locomotive, an Amtrak spokeswoman said. One of the train's passenger cars derailed and the locomotive struck some cars of a freight train waiting on an adjacent track.

1:08 p.m.: An Amtrak trailed derailed Monday afternoon south of Hanford. The incident was first reported by the California Highway Patrol about 12:20 p.m. and happened at Kansas and 10th avenues.

It was not clear how many people were aboard the train. The CHP reported that at least 60 people needed assistance getting out of the train.

This story will be updated as details come in.

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