Bakersfield, CA, October 1, 2012 — One train car has derailed and two other cars are at a 45 degree angle at 10th Avenue and Kansas Avenue in Hanford, according to the Kings County Fire Department. The call came in to 911 just before 12:30pm.
An Amtrak official said there were 169 passengers on the train plus 4 crew members. The Sheriff's department is estimating 40 people suffered injuries. The California Highway Patrol has confirmed there are no serious injuries. One small child was hurt.
Your local Red Cross has mobilized the power of volunteers and Red Cross registered nurses to respond to this disaster by providing water, snacks and mental health support to the uninjured passengers who have been transported to the Civic Auditorium at 400 N. Douty Ave, in Hanford, CA. Red Cross volunteers are also at the Amtrak Station in Hanford providing water and care to the countless passengers who are still waiting to be taken to Bakersfield by bus.
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