The Latest: Truck shifted track before Amtrak accident

Passengers gather after a train derailed near Dodge City, Kan., Monday, March 14, 2016. An Amtrak statement says the train was traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago early Monday when it derailed just after midnight. (Daniel Szczerba via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

CIMARRON, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on Amtrak train derailment in Kansas (all times local):

5 p.m.

Federal investigators say a feed truck from a nearby lot where cattle are fattened hit the track and shifted it before an Amtrak train derailed in southwest Kansas.

National Transportation Safety Board member Earl Weener did not say on Tuesday if this was the cause of the Amtrak Southwest Chief’s accident Monday.

But he says the impact of the truck from the Cimarron Crossing Feeders shifted the train track 12 to 14 inches.

The feed company declined comment Tuesday.

The derailment injured at least 32 people although most were treated and released from the hospital. Two patients remained hospitalized in Kansas, one after undergoing surgery. The condition of two people flown to an Amarillo, Texas, hospital wasn’t immediately known.


6:30 a.m.

Investigators looking into the derailment of an Amtrak passenger train in southwest Kansas will review rail conditions and other factors to determine the cause of the accident, a federal transportation official says.

Amtrak’s Southwest Chief was carrying more than 140 people when several rail cars derailed early Monday, moments after an engineer noticed a significant bend in a rail and applied the emergency brakes, authorities said. At least 32 people were hurt, two of them critically.

Local authorities said they were checking whether a vehicle crash may have damaged the track before the accident.

National Transportation Safety Board member Earl Weener said Monday evening at a news conference that investigators would review data from cameras and recorders on the train as well as the condition of the rails and crew performance. He put the train’s speed at the normal limit of 60 mph.

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