Amtrak train hits pickup west of Glenwood Springs; driver injured, passengers OK
May 31, 2016
Amtrak's westbound California Zephyr train struck a pickup truck at about 2:15 p.m. Tuesday at a crossing just west of Glenwood Springs.
According to Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari, the Zephyr was carrying 191 passengers, none of whom was injured.
Early reports said the Dodge pickup truck was pushed up to 500 feet on the tracks at the South Canyon crossing, but the driver was able to get out of the truck before emergency workers arrived. The severity of the driver's injuries were not immediately known. The driver was taken to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood.
The truck was described as destroyed.
Magliari, who works in Chicago, didn't know if the train engineers deployed its brakes or if the train was up to full speed.
The train engine was reported to be leaking engine oil or antifreeze and workers were inspecting it, Magliari said. The fluid was thought to be contained in the railbed and had not spilled into the Colorado River.
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The rail line runs beside Interstate 70 and the river as it leaves Glenwood Springs.
The Zephyr, which runs from Chicago to San Francisco, is delayed for an unknown period of time. The pickup truck will need to be towed from the tracks.
Exit 111 on I-70 was closed for rescue operations and South Canyon Road was blocked by the stopped train.
The Post Independent is en route to the scene and will update this story as more information becomes available.