Amtrak trying to find cause of Illinois derailment - KMOV.com

Amtrak trying to find cause of Illinois derailment

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By KMOV Web Producer By KMOV Web Producer

GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) -- Amtrak and railroad officials are trying to determine what caused part of a St. Louis-to-Chicago Amtrak train to derail over the holiday weekend in southwestern Illinois.

Amtrak says five of the train's 63 passengers were treated at a hospital for minor injuries after the accident Sunday evening in Granite City. The rest were given the option of going on to Chicago on charter buses or returning to St. Louis.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says the last two coaches on the train left the tracks, which are owned by Union Pacific and Kansas City Southern.

Magliari says there was no service interruption because other Amtrak trains could use alternate tracks near the derailment site.

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