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At least 20 hurt in US train crash

Two cars and the locomotive of an Amtrak train carrying about 169 passengers have derailed after colliding with a big rig truck in California's Central Valley, authorities said.

At least 20 passengers suffered minor to moderate injuries, authorities said.

The crash occurred when the driver of the big rig carrying cotton rubbish failed to yield and hit the train, authorities said. The impact pushed the two passenger cars and the locomotive off the tracks south of Hanford, a farming town.

The train travelled about 600 feet after the collision before hitting a switchback and derailing, according to California Patrol Officer Scott Harris.

The crash occurred at a crossing that was equipped with control gates, Putnam said.

The injuries to passengers were described as bumps, bruises, scrapes and possibly broken bones by Kings County Assistant Sheriff Dave Putnam.

Eight of the injured passengers were taken to Adventist Medical Center in Hanford and five more were en route, said hospital spokeswoman Christine Pickering.

The train was on its way from Oakland to Bakersfield, according to Amtrak. It had four rail cars and a locomotive.

The truck driver suffered minor injuries, according to California Highway Patrol spokesman Jerry Pierce. The CHP will investigate the crash.

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