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Newsjock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 12:00 AM
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Amtrak train derails in rural Mississippi; one dead, dozens injured
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archi...

YAZOO CITY, Miss. (AP) -- An Amtrak passenger train derailed and toppled on its side in rural central Mississippi late Tuesday, killing at least one person and injuring most of the roughly 80 people on board.

The 10-car train, traveling from New Orleans to Chicago, derailed about 25 miles north of Jackson, authorities said, leaving in its wake twisted and heavily damaged track.

"We have one confirmed dead," said Amy Carruth, a spokeswoman for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency in Jackson. "We understand some of the injured are possibly critical."

Lee Stokes, also of MEMA, said that while the derailment was believed to be an accident, the FBI had sent agents to the scene. Gov. Haley Barbour declared a state of emergency.

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scucci Donating Member (280 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 01:03 AM
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1. How awful for the family.
Thankfully no one else was seriously hurt. Ya just never know. Enjoy everyday, my friends.
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Florida_Geek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 06:59 AM
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2. It was the City of New Orleans


And over at a train forum I read, the members are saying that the tracks are pretty rough in that area.
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Cooley Hurd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 07:05 AM
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3. Good morning Newsjock
THere's an existing LBN thread (actually, it's one of mine ;)) on this topic. Please continue the discussion here:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Thanks! :hi:
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