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Amtrak Train Slams Into Logging Truck, Five Hurt

August 27, 1996

ROXBURY, Vt. (AP) _ An Amtrak train slammed into a logging truck at a crossing Tuesday. Five people, including a conductor and the truck driver, suffered minor injuries.

The wreck took place about 15 miles south of Montpelier at a crossing marked with signs. Authorities weren’t sure if the empty truck stalled or if the driver had tried to beat the train.

Sixty to 70 passengers were aboard the Vermonter, which was en route to New York and Washington at 54 mph, below the posted limit of 59, Amtrak spokesman Rick Remington said.

``I felt the train jerk. I thought something was wrong,″ said Jessica Hartel of Philadelphia. ``All of a sudden the lights went out. I felt the train tipping.″ accordion fashion.

The six passenger cars jumped the tracks but remained upright.

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