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Train with 76 people onboard derails in US

A train with 76 people on board was knocked off its tracks early today after hitting a large truck at a highway crossing in Michigan, but there were no serious injuries, Amtrak said.

world Updated: Feb 03, 2012 07:48 IST

A train with 76 people on board was knocked off its tracks early today after hitting a large truck at a highway crossing in Michigan, but there were no serious injuries, Amtrak said.

Local media captured dramatic images of the engine car knocked on its side and pointing backwards, while a passenger car was sprawled in the other direction on a grassy bank.

The train was travelling to Chicago with 71 passengers and five crew members and consisted of two locomotives and six railcars, Amtrak said in a statement.

Service was suspected across central Michigan and alternative transportation was being arranged.