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Amtrak train derailed in Weld County after crashing into a truck on the tracks

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Posted at 6:01 AM, Jan 30, 2024
and last updated 2024-01-31 22:25:50-05

WELD COUNTY, Colo. — An Amtrak train derailed in Weld County Monday night after crashing into a truck on the tracks, the company confirmed to Denver7.

The wreck happened east of Keenesburg around 10 p.m. Monday.

Sixty-nine passengers were aboard the train, but none of them were seriously hurt, according to Amtrak. One passenger was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, according to Colorado State Patrol Public Information Officer Sergeant Troy Kessler.

The engineer suffered "serious, possibly life-threatening injuries," according to Kessler.

Those 69 passengers were put on charter buses after the crash and given lodging for the night, Amtrak said.

The company will work with each traveler individually to get them to their choice of destinations, paid for by Amtrak.

The semi-tanker that the train hit was hauling milk.

"The driver was okay and walking around on scene," Sergeant Kessler said.

Colorado State Patrol is waiting on an update from investigators for details on why the semi-tanker was on the tracks and if the driver will be issued any citations.

Denver7 has reached out to BNSF Railway for a timeline on cleanup.

The train derailment has interrupted service on the California-Zepher Line, Amtrak said.

Other trains on that line have had to stop in Denver and in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Customers on canceled trains can choose whether they want to be refunded or rebooked, Amtrak told Denver7.

This has no impact for Tuesday morning commuters in the Denver metro area, Denver7 Traffic Expert Jayson Luber said.

Train derailed in Weld Co. after crashing into truck on tracks

*The Associated Press contributed to this report.*

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