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Amtrak Train Derails in Rensselaer

July 25, 1999

RENSSELAER, N.Y. (AP) _ An Amtrak passenger train partially derailed as it approached a train station Saturday afternoon, injuring 16 people on board, officials said.

Three cars slipped off the tracks when the train slammed into another train it was attempting to hook up with, witnesses said.

Twelve passengers and four crew members of the ``Lakeshore Limited″ were taken to local hospitals.

None appeared to be seriously injured, according to John Brennan, superintendent of train operations for Empire Services of Albany and Rensselaer, a division of Amtrak.

A witness said the train, which was coming in from Chicago and bound for Boston, was going too fast when it collided with the second train at about 5:30 p.m.

The cars that derailed included two passenger cars and a cafe car, according to Amtrak spokesman Rick Remington.

Remington wouldn’t speculate on the cause of the crash.

Officials said it would take several hours to determine the cause of the incident.

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