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Fort Worth-Bound Amtrak Train Hits Truck Near Austin

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HUTTO (AP) - An Amtrak train en route from San Antonio to Fort Worth slammed into a tractor-trailer rig carrying a car at a Central Texas crossing north of Austin, critically injuring the truck driver.

The crash happened about 10 a.m. Sunday. Amtrak spokesman Steve Kulm says the Texas Eagle was carrying 211 passengers when it slammed into the truck.

Trooper Michael Knight of the Texas Department of Public Safety says the engineer sounded his horn, but the truck was on the tracks and the driver ejected on impact. He was taken to Williamson Seton Hospital in nearby Round Rock, where Knight said he was in critical condition. No name has been released.

Kulm said two passengers were injured slightly but refused treatment. Passengers were bused to Fort Worth to board another train.

Amtrak’s Texas Eagle route runs from San Antonio to Chicago.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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