Amtrak Train Derailed in Collision - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

05/06/03

Amtrak Train Derailed in Collision

The scene of the wreck. The scene of the wreck.
The wreckage of the truck. The wreckage of the truck.
Emergency crews along Highway 84 near the scene. Emergency crews along Highway 84 near the scene.

About 7:30am, authorities in Liberty County were called to the scene of an accident between a six-wheeled log truck and an Amtrak train near the intersection of Highways 196 East and 84. The Silver Star departed Savannah at 6:45am, bound for Jacksonville with 160 passengers aboard.

The train was derailed in the collision. The driver of the truck was was killed, and the train's engineer was airlifted with critical injuries to Memorial Health in Savannah. Georgia State Patrol spokesman Gordy Wright says at least two others have serious injuries, and as many as 30 people are complaining of injuries.

Amtrak has closed the tracks between Hinesville and Jacksonville, and tell us they will remain closed for at least a day. The Red Cross is setting up a shelter to accommodate passengers not injured. WTOC's cameras captured what appeared to be a school bus carrying passengers from the scene. They're being transported to Shuman Recreational Center in Hinesville and to the Newman Gym at Ft. Stewart, where they will take buses to their destinations.

WTOC has learned that more than 20 people are being treated at Liberty Regional Medical Center in Hinesville for minor injuries, and they are expected to be released to join others at Shuman Recreation Center.

WTOC has crews on the scene, and we'll have the latest as it comes in.

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