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Train derailment in Kansas injures 32

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Screen Shot 2016-03-15 at 3.48.47 PMFrom  wn.com 14 March 2016

A passenger train derailed overnight in a rural area of southwestern Kansas, injuring at least 32 people, The Associated Press reports.

Officials said Monday the Amtrak train was traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago when it left the tracks just after midnight near Cimarron, a small community about 160 miles west of Wichita. Eight cars derailed, four of which ended up on their sides, the company said in a statement.

Daniel Aiken, 21, of Lenexa, Kansas, said he heard screaming as he climbed out of an overturned car. He stopped to smell a fluid that was flowing through the car, fearful that it was fuel, but was reassured when he realized it was water.

“Once people realized the train wasn’t going to blow up, they calmed down.” – Daniel Aiken
Passenger Daniel Szczerba described the chaos for Wichita TV station KWCH.

“All the lights went out, it was dark,” Szczerba said. “People traveling in groups (of) four or five got thrown around the car as it turned over and lost people as they were trying to get out of the emergency exits.”
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Thirty-two people were taken to hospitals for treatment, including 29 who were released later that morning, the railroad said. Ashley Rogers, a spokeswoman for Grey County, said none of the injuries were life-threatening.

The derailment happened along a straight stretch of track surrounded by flat farmland.

WN.com, Jim Berrie

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For video go to: http://abcnews.go.com/US/amtrak-train-la-chicago-derails-128-passengers-onboard/story?id=37625905

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