A portion of a construction crane at a grain elevator obstructed the BNSF Railway, causing the derailment of an Amtrak train in extreme southwest Nebraska Friday morning.
The accident occurred prior to 9am. Both of the train’s locomotives derailed and five railcars, according to Amtrak. The train had 175 passengers and 17 crew members on board. Some of them suffered injury and were taken to area hospitals. Most were treated and released.
The California Zephyr was eastbound, heading for Chicago from Emeryville, California. It had departed San Francisco Bay August 24th. After the derailment near Benkelman, passengers were taken to a high school, then transported east by chartered motor coaches.
Operations of the California Zephyr have been suspended by Amtrak while crews clean up the route and make any repairs necessary. The train should be running again by Monday.