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68 Hurt as Amtrak Train Hits a Freight

February 06, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

A slow-moving Amtrak passenger train rear-ended a freight train, causing mostly minor injuries to 68 people on board.

The eastbound Amtrak train had just left the Syracuse station when it hit the back of the 92-car CSX freight train, also eastbound, in an industrial area north of the city, said CSX spokesman Robert Sullivan.

The five-car Amtrak train was headed from Niagara Falls to New York City with 98 passengers and four crew members, Amtrak said.

Sheriff's Deputy J.F. D'Eretia said the Amtrak train was going 5 to 10 mph. Officials would not comment on what caused the crash.

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