Bakersfield CA Train Crash: 20 Injured in Amtrak, Semi Collision

08/13/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Bakersfield, CA—At least 20 passengers on an Amtrak train headed to Bakersfield were injured when the train collided with the tractor-trailer. The injurious collision occurred on Friday, August 6, 2010, about 20 miles northwest of Bakersfield at around 4 p.m., as reported by the San Jose Mercury News.

Officials stated the San Joaquin No. 714 Amtrak train was passing through the town of Shafter at around 79 mph, which is the maximum speed allowed for passenger trains, when it slammed into the back of semi-truck that was traveling through a railroad crossing.

The impact of the collision caused the lead wheel of the train’s cab to loose connection with the rail, causing the passenger train to derail. Luckily, the train remained upright.

Responding emergency crews transported about 20 passengers of the train to Bakersfield area hospitals for treatment of reported minor injuries. The Amtrak crew was not among the injured.

The driver of the semi, Luis Camagro, 49, of McFarland, was not injured in the wreck; he was able to walk away from the crash.

It is unknown why the train and tractor-trailer collided. Police officials say the signals and caution arms were working properly at the time.

A full investigation is underway.

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