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Train, truck collide in Denair
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Crews work to remove the wreckage of a pickup truck that was struck by an Amtrak train Tuesday morning in Denair. - photo by SABRA STAFFORD / The Journal

A 71-year-old man who was driving a pickup truck struck by a passenger train in Denair Tuesday morning escaped the collision with only moderate injuries, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The collision between the Ford F-250 and the Amtrak passenger train occurred at 10:25 a.m. Tuesday at the intersection of E. Barnhart Road and Santa Fe Drive.

The crossing arms were down and the train alarm was functioning properly when Wayne Hinds approached the intersection in his Ford, headed eastbound. According to the CHP, Hinds drove the truck around the crossing arms and was struck by the oncoming train.

The front of the Amtrak collided with the rear of the Ford, said CHP spokesperson Officer Eric Parsons. The train was traveling at an estimated 70 to 75 mph at the time of the collision.

A stationary freight train was on one set of tracks in the area and the Amtrak was on the other.

An air ambulance transported Hinds to Memorial Medical Center with moderate injuries, Parsons said.

The Amtrak train was traveling on an Oakland to Bakersfield route with about 200 passengers and crew on board. None of the passengers or crew sustained injuries in the collision, said Amtrak spokesperson Vernae Graham.

The crew was relieved of their shifts for the trip and the passengers were transferred to another Amtrak train in Denair to continue onto their destination, Graham said.

The collision caused four different trains to come to a halt on various points of the railroad. Graham said the incident caused residual delays all along the railroad.