Passenger train, truck collide in central Mississippi; 7 hurt - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Passenger train, truck collide in central Mississippi; 7 hurt

      JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A University of Mississippi Medical Center spokeswoman says one person was discharged Tuesday night while two people remain in critical condition from that Amtrak passenger train and garbage truck collision earlier Tuesday.

UMC spokeswoman Patrice Guilfoyle says she didn't know which patients were on the train or in the garbage truck.

The accident -- which involved a fire -- occurred about 1:30 p.m. between Terry and Hazlehurst, on a rural stretch of track in Copiah County, south of Jackson.

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokesman Greg Flynn says the injured also went to Hardy Wilson Memorial Hospital in Hazlehurst, Baptist Hospital and Central Mississippi Medical Center.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says the train left Chicago on Monday night and was due in Louisiana Tuesday afternoon.

Flynn says Copiah Co. Emergency Operations Director Randle Drane told him Tuesday night that the train had been moved. He says Canadian National Railway, which owns the tracks was repairing some of the damaged tracks.

Magliari says the northbound City of New Orleans train was held at the station just as it was set to depart Tuesday afternoon.

Amtrak officials say the northbound train left at 6:45 p.m.            

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