Amtrak train headed for Bakersfield crashes with big rig

HANFORD, Calif. (AP) - At least 20 passengers suffered minor to moderate injuries when a big rig truck collided with a southbound Amtrak train in California's Central Valley.

Kings County Assistant Sheriff Dave Putnam says the crash occurred when the driver of the big rig failed to yield at a gated crossing and hit the train, pushing at least one passenger car off the tracks south of Hanford.

He described the injuries as bumps, bruises, scrapes and possibly broken bones.

Amtrak says the train carrying about 169 passengers and four crew members was on its way from Oakland to Bakersfield.

The California Highway Patrol says the truck driver suffered minor injuries.

The passengers were taken to an auditorium in Hanford, where they will board a train and continue to their destinations or family members will pick them up.