Category: Society / October 2, 2012 8:53 AM EDT
Some 30 people were injured on Monday, when a tractor-trailer truck crashed through a rail crossing signal and collided with an Amtrak passenger train in central California causing the train to derail. There were no immediate reports of fatalities or critical injuries from the accident near the city of Hanford. Kings County Assistant Sherriff Dave Putnam commented that those injured had suffered minor scrapes and broken bones. All those in the accident were transported to the hospital by ground units. Putnam said the truck slammed into the five-car passenger train shortly after noon, knocking three cars off the track. Authorities have not yet determined why the truck driver, who was taken to a hospital with moderate injuries, did not stop at the gate.