Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Partly Cloudy Day 26° Partly Cloudy
News >  Nation/World

Train Derails After Hitting Stuck Truck

From Staff And Wire Reports

An Amtrak train struck a tractor-trailer that was stuck on a rural crossing and derailed Tuesday morning. About 55 people were taken to hospitals, but none was seriously injured.

The Silver Star, headed from New York to Florida, slammed into the truck near Sycamore, about 70 miles south of Columbia.

The truck’s empty trailer had snagged on the raised tracks, said Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Melonie Anderson. Driver Leroy Ellis, of Fairfax, got out and tried to flag down the train, but it was unable to stop in time, Anderson said.

The train was traveling at 79 mph, Amtrak spokeswoman Debbie Hare said. Anderson said that is within the speed limit.

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Active Person

Subscribe to the Coronavirus newsletter

Get the day’s latest Coronavirus news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.