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73 Injured After Train Derailed Following Collision in Colorado

73 Injured After Train Derailed Following Collision in Colorado

Keenesburg, Colorado: A tragic incident occurred on Monday night in northeast Colorado, as an Amtrak passenger train collided with a semi-tanker filled with milk, resulting in a derailment.

According to officials, the conductor sustained severe injuries, while a minimum of two passengers out of the 69 onboard were also injured.

Amtrak reported that Train 6 derailed in Keenesburg at the crossing between Weld County Road 63 and Weld County Road 398, around 10:30 p.m. on Monday.

According to the Colorado State Patrol, a train collided with a semi-tanker combination truck carrying milk, resulting in a derailment. All the passenger cars managed to stay upright after the derailment.

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The truck driver hailed from Arkansas and was 31 years old. He was seen walking around at the scene, but the full extent of his injuries remains uncertain, as reported by CSP.

According to the marketing cooperative, he works as a driver for the Dairy Farmers of America (DFA).

The train conductor hailed from Utah and was 42 years old. The conductor suffered severe injuries that put their life at risk.

Several individuals among the 69 passengers required medical attention and were transported to the hospital.

The train was operating on the California Zephyr route connecting Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area. As of 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, train services to and from Chicago are experiencing disruptions. Trains heading east are being stopped in Denver, while trains heading west are halted in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Passengers of Train 6 were transported from the crash site by chartered buses and provided with overnight accommodations.

“We will work with them individually for their choice of destinations over various modes, all at Amtrak expense,” an Amtrak spokesperson said.

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