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Amtrak Train Derails in S.C.

August 21, 2000

LAKE CITY, S.C. (AP) _ Nine cars of an Amtrak passenger train derailed Monday in downtown Lake City and 10 to 20 people were taken to hospitals.

The injuries were not believed to be serious, said Kristy Hughes, spokeswoman for the Florence County emergency preparedness office.

The train derailed at about 7:30 a.m. near the Lake City Police Department.

There was no immediate indication what caused the derailment, Hughes said.

Amtrak representatives in Washington said officials were still trying to piece together details of the accident and they did not know the name of the train or where it was headed.

Hughes did not know how many people were on the train. Red Cross spokesman Laura Jeffords said at least 185 uninjured people were being taken to a shelter.

The injured were taken to hospitals in Lake City and Florence, Hughes said.

Lake City is a town of 5,000 to 10,000 people, about 70 miles east of Columbia in northeastern South Carolina.

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