Amtrak: Crossing gate down in Calif. train crash
Emergency personnel respond to the scene of a train derailment in Hanford, Calif., Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. Two cars and the locomotive of the train car derailed after colliding with a big rig truck in California's Central Valley, authorities said. At least 20 passengers suffered minor to moderate injuries, authorities said. The crash occurred when the driver of the big rig carrying cotton trash failed to yield and hit the train, authorities said. The impact pushed the two passenger cars and the locomotive off the tracks south of Hanford, a farming town. (AP Photo/Gosia Woznicacka)
Emergency personnel respond to the scene of a train derailment where authorities say at least 20 passengers suffered minor to moderate injuries when a big rig truck collided with a southbound Amtrak train in the central valley Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 in Hanford, Calif. (AP Photo/The Fresno Bee, Gary Kazanjian)
HANFORD, Calif. (AP) — An Amtrak official says the crossing gate was down when a big rig hit a passenger train at a Central Valley railroad crossing, derailing the train and injuring dozens of people.
Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham said Tuesday that lights at the crossing were flashing and bells ringing during Monday afternoon’s crash south of Hanford.
Investigators plan to look into the big rig driver’s state as well as the condition of the truck.
Graham said 39 people were injured. Authorities have described the injuries as mostly bumps and bruises although Graham said at least one person suffered a broken leg.
The track, meanwhile, reopened Tuesday morning. BNSF Railway spokeswoman Lena Kent said crews had to replace hundreds of feet of damaged track and some signal equipment. BNSF owns the line.