16 people hurt after Amtrak train, semi collide in White County

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Photo from Lisa Tiernan, Community Editor, Monticello Herald Journal

WHITE COUNTY (Oct. 28, 2014) – An Amtrak train and semi truck collided Tuesday morning in White County.

It happened north of Reynolds near County Road 200 North and U.S. 421 North. The semi was cut into two pieces after the crash.

According to the Monticello Fire Department, 56 passengers and three crew members were on the train, which was going north when it collided with the truck at 7:18 a.m. Firefighters and EMTs from several departments responded and treated 16 people. Eight of those patients were taken to IU White Memorial Hospital for additional treatment.

The conductor of the train was hurt but refused treatment until all of the passengers had been cared for. Amtrak was able to bring buses to the scene to transport passengers to their destination in Chicago.

The truck driver was not hurt.

The train was damaged and moved to the side track to make repairs.

The route will operate normally and train from Chicago to Indianapolis will be running tonight.