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3 with minor injuries after Amtrak train hits idled trailer

July 16, 2021 GMT

PALATKA, Fla. (AP) — An Amtrak passenger train traveling from Miami up the East Coast smashed into an attached trailer that was idled on the track, sending three people to the hospital with minor injuries, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The flatbed semi-trailer was stopped over a railroad crossing late Thursday while attached to a truck near Palatka in northeast Florida. The truck didn’t move despite warning signals on the track. The Silver Star Train 92 hit the trailer, splitting it in half and disabling the train engine, the Florida Highway Patrol said in a report.

Fourteen passengers were evaluated by firefighters on the train, and a crew members and two passengers were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries, the report said.

The driver of the semi-trailer truck was cited.

The train resumed its northbound trip overnight Friday, running almost six hours late, Amtrak tweeted.