1. OFF THE RAILS

    40 Hurt in Amtrak Accident

    At least 42 passengers were taken to Valley hospitals Monday, October 1, 2012, when a big rig truck collided with a southbound Amtrak train near Hanford, California, authorities said. (Gary KazanJian/Fresno Bee/MCT)

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    It has all the makings of a Hollywood disaster movie—only it happened in real life. An Amtrak passenger train collided with a rig at a track crossing just outside of Hanford, Calif., Monday. The impact partially derailed the train, injuring at least 40 people as it skidded to a halt over a quarter mile from the crossing. It’s not clear if the truck had been crossing the tracks when the train crashed into it, or if it struck the train broadside as it passed through. Said one passenger about her experience when her rail car started leaning: “I thought, ‘Oh s--t, what’s happening?’ I don’t normally cuss, but I was scared.”

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