August 26th, 2011
11:53 AM ET

Amtrak train derails in Nebraska

An Amtrak train with 178 people on board derailed Friday in southwestern Nebraska, the rail service said.

A few passengers were hospitalized, but there were no reports of life-threatening injuries, Amtrak said in a statement.

An agricultural vehicle on the tracks caused the derailment just before 9 a.m. near the town of Benkelman, in the southwestern part of Nebraska, near the Kansas and Colorado state lines.

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  1. RUFFNUTT (kcmo Hurricane model agency)

    i wonder if they were going to a cornhusker game?

    August 26, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. utu trainman (i honk my horn for safety)

    the derail happen cause some kid put a penny on the track.

    August 26, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©


    August 26, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    UTU Trainman! How nice to see you!

    August 26, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. justathought

    I used to live in that area I didn't know Amtrac used those tracks But this isn't the first time this sort of accident has happened. It's usually caused by the vehiicle driver not payiing any attention and there are no crossarms, just lights and in some cases on private property, not even that.

    August 26, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Hi, justathought.
    Everything good on your end?

    August 26, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Argle Bargle

    Oh, no! It wasn't the hurricane, was it?

    (It's getting blamed for everything else. Why not?)

    August 26, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    @Argle Bargle:

    Actually, all weather is usually blamed on Obama/Bush, depending on where you're party loyalty lies.

    Love your name, btw. Always have.

    August 26, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. yada

    Last week-end, I was visiting a friend in Chehalis, Washington. I saw an Amtrak train fly through the town so fast, I could hardly believe it. My friend told me they always go extremely fast through town. Where I live, trains slow down when approaching a city. It's surely a wonder there aren't MORE accidents.

    August 26, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. gung hoe

    Sure it wasnt Frank and Jesee james striking

    August 26, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. @outalimit

    At the rate of speed that amtract rolls, it's shear luck there is no death from this derailment!

    August 26, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mjh

    enough said no one was hurt it was an akward situation

    August 27, 2011 at 5:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. RUFFNUTT (elf slayer & 15th lvl warrior )

    i called utu trainman last night and he said that the "car" / "vehicle" that cnn is talking about actually turned out to be a matchbox car...
    some kid was playing on the track and left his matchbox car on it.

    August 27, 2011 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
  14. martinti

    The train had difficulty negotiating Nebeaska's mountain passes. Some of those hills are near 50' high.

    August 27, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  15. MitchCSX

    Louisville & Indiana Railroad, Americas #1 shortline RR!!

    August 29, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
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