Amtrak train to Chicago derails in Nebraska

In this photo provided by Bill Coe via the McCook Daily Gazette, an Amtrak train sits derailed near Benkelman, Neb., Friday, Aug. 26, 2011. The Amtrak train carrying more than 175 passengers from California to Chicago derailed Friday after striking equipment on the tracks in southwest Nebraska and a small number of people were taken to hospitals, a spokesman said. (AP Photo/Bill Coe via McCook Daily Gazette)

August 26, 2011 2:28:58 PM PDT
No one was seriously injured when Amtrak's California Zephyr train from San Francisco to Chicago derailed Friday morning in southwest Nebraska.

More than 175 people were onboard that train. No life-threatening injuries were reported, but Amtrak officials say seven passengers were taken to local hospitals.

The train hit a farm vehicle that was on the tracks, knocking both of the locomotives and three cars off the tracks. The rest of the train remains upright and in line, according to Amtrak.

The derailment occurred in Max, which is near the Nebraska-Kansas border.

The California Zephyr left Emeryville, California on August 24. It was scheduled to arrive at Union Station in Chicago at 2:50 p.m. Friday afternoon.

For information about the 178 passengers or the train's crew, call (800) 523-9101.

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