Amtrak Train Trashes Garbage Truck

Second Illinois mishap within 24 hours

On the heels of a derailment outside of Union Station in Chicago, Amtrak suffered another setback Thursday.

A stretch of railroad in southwestern Illinois is out of service after an Amtrak train headed from St.Louis to Chicago hit a garbage truck blocking the tracks shortly after 9 a.m. near Carlinville, Ill.

Amtrak says none of the train's 38 passengers were seriously injured in the wreck that happened just north of Carlinville.

A railroad spokesman said the wheels of the locomotive derailed from the Union Pacific tracks after the impact, but the four-car train remained upright and coupled.

The train's passengers were taken to Carlinville's high school, then sent to their destination by chartered buses. Those buses will represent the train and pick up passengers at all stops on the route.

The rail crossing is marked and equipped with warning lights and bells.

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