An Amtrak passenger train carrying 150 to 200 passengers crashed at 70 m.p.h. into a big-rig truck in dense fog near Stockton this morning, killing at least three and injuring dozens more--17 of them critically.
"There are about 50 walking wounded, including 25 in fairly serious condition," said Megan Todd, an official with the Office of Emergency Services in San Joaquin County.
The dead included the driver of the truck and the train's engineer and fireman, officials said.
The injured were being rushed to a half-dozen local hospitals by a hastily assembled fleet of buses and ambulances. Officials said the fog was too dense to permit evacuation by helicopter.
Gov. George Deukmejian canceled a tour of the quake-damaged San Francisco area and rushed to the crash site.
Amtrak said the train--Amtrak's San Joaquin Flyer, which runs between the Bay Area and Bakersfield--left Oakland as scheduled at 7:20 a.m., but was about 20 minutes late leaving Stockton, the first stop, because of the heavy passenger load.