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MS train crash injures 60

More than 60 people were injured and one person was killed when an Amtrak passenger train derailed in Mississippi Tuesday.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | April 7, 2004

More than 60 people were injured and one person was killed when an Amtrak passenger train derailed in the Mississippi Delta Tuesday night.

The nine-car train was en route from New Orleans to Chicago. It wrecked near the town of Flora, some 25 miles north of Jackson.

The injuries ranged from minor to critical, according to reports from Lee Stokes of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency.

Rescues were a challenge because of the soggy ground. Busloads of wounded people had to be taken to area hospitals.

Sixty-eight passengers and 12 crewmembers were on the train, said Amtrak reports.

The derailment, which happened about 7 p.m., was believed to be an accident but Amtrak was still unsure what caused it by Wednesday morning.

Gov. Haley Barbour declared a state of emergency.

In April 2002, a train derailed in Crescent City, Fla., killing four people and injuring more than 150.


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