Head-On Amtrak Train Crash Injures 16 In California - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Head-On Amtrak Train Crash Injures 16 In California

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Amtrak officials in northern California say 17 people suffered minor injuries when two Amtrak trains collided at an Oakland station.

Authorities originally reported 16 injures in the crash around 10 p.m. Wednesday. But Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole says the company compiled numbers all night to arrive at the higher figure. The injuries were all considered minor and non-life-threatening.

Authorities have said the crash occurred when a passenger train traveling an estimated 15 to 20 mph ran a red signal and struck a stationary train unloading passengers head-on.

Amtrak has said it could not comment on the report of the train running a red light.

The company says it and the owner of the tracks, Union Pacific Freight Railroad, will work with federal officials to investigate the crash.

Service at the station remained suspended early Thursday morning.
   

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