Amtrak Passenger Train Derails in Colorado after Hitting Farm Vehicle

An Amtrak passenger train has derailed in Colorado after striking a farm vehicle on tracks, according to reports.

The train came into contact with a tractor hauling a tanker of milk, authorities said.

The crash caused the train to leave the tracks, sending at least three people to the hospital.

The California Zephyr train was traveling from the San Francisco Bay Area to Chicago when the crash happened at around 10 p.m. on Monday.

The incident occurred near Keenesburg, FOX31 Denver reported.

The tractor-trailer was crossing the tracks when the train struck the trailer’s back end.

The tractor was carrying a tanker filled with milk, the Colorado State Patrol told the station.

At least three people were being treated for minor injuries at a hospital, the station reported.

Police said one train employee, a 42-year-old male from Utah, suffered minor injuries.

The Amtrak worker’s conditions were not immediately known, however.

The tractor driver is a 31-year-old male from Arkansas.

State troopers said he was walking around after the crash but the extent of his injuries is unknown.

There were 69 passengers on board the train, Amtrak said.

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The tractor-trailer was hauling milk and appears to be owned by Dairy Farmers of America.

It is unclear why the semi was on the tracks or what happened leading up to the crash.

On Tuesday, one of the Amtrak train cars could be seen on its side next to the tracks.

Amtrak trains traveling east to Chicago were being stopped in Denver due to the derailment.

According to the local station, Amtrak trains heading west from Chicago to Denver were halted in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Keenesburg is a town of about 1,300 people.

It is located about 35 miles northeast of Denver.

Dairy Farmers of America released a statement that read:

“We’re aware of an unfortunate incident in Keenesburg, Colo., involving one of our trucks and an Amtrak train.

“Safety is always a top priority for Dairy Farmers of America (DFA).

“Our thoughts are with all those impacted.

“We are fully cooperating with all involved authorities as they investigate this incident and will work with the appropriate personnel and officials to provide required or additional information as needed.”

READ MORE: Major Texas Chicken Farm Destroyed by Massive Explosion & Fire

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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