JACKSON, Miss. (AP) An Amtrak passenger train collided with a garbage truck Tuesday on a rural stretch of central Mississippi track, injuring at least seven people, authorities said.
Three of those taken to hospitals were Amtrak employees who suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said.
A fire broke out after the collision, authorities said, damaging the engine. The train's final car, which was empty, left the track.
The estimated 100 passengers aboard the southbound City of New Orleans train were moved to a nearby school and were to be taken to their destinations by bus, Magliari said. He said the train left Chicago on Monday night and had been due in Louisiana Tuesday afternoon.