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Amtrak Derailment Injures Seven

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    (AP) - An Amtrak train bound for Seattle derailed after hitting an unknown object, slightly injuring seven people, a company spokeswoman said Thursday.

    There were 287 passengers and 23 crew members aboard the Coast Starlight, which runs daily from Los Angeles to Seattle, when the accident occurred about 10:10 p.m. Wednesday, said Amtrak spokeswoman Veernae Graham.

    The locomotive hit an unidentified object on the tracks, which are owned by Union Pacific and leased by Amtrak. Six cars went off the tracks, but all of them were standing upright, Graham said.

    Four passengers were treated for minor injuries at the scene and released. Three others were taken to area hospitals for minor injuries, Graham said.

    The train was traveling about 60 mph at a junction that allows for speeds up to 70 mph, Graham said.

    Passengers were being bused Thursday to destinations beyond the accident site. The crash occurred 25 miles east of San Francisco.

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    An Amtrak train bound for Seattle that derailed Wednesday struck a steel bar on the tracks, according to Union Pacific Railroad spokesman John Bromley.

    The 40-inch-long bar, which joins rail cars to couplers, apparently was dropped by a freight train using the same track earlier, Bromley said. How the drawbar was dropped and why it went unnoticed is being investigated, he said.

    Bromley said the Coast Starlight was traveling at 65 miles per hour, 14 miles under the allowed speed limit, when it struck the drawbar.

    An Amtrak spokesman refused to identify the conductor and engineer of the Starlight or to discuss what they reported about the accident.

    Union Pacific owns most of the tracks that Amtrak uses in California.

    The Starlight, which runs daily from Los Angeles to Seattle, was carrying 287 passengers and 21 crew members when the accident happened.

    Seven passengers received minor injuries.