Liberal, KS

Now: 16 °F

Currently: Light Snow

Hi: 25 °F | Lo: 12 °F


Hi: 23 °F 

Lo: 15 °F


Hi: 44 °F 

Lo: 19 °F


Hi: 47 °F 

Lo: 26 °F


Hi: 53 °F 

Lo: 27 °F


Hi: 42 °F 

Lo: 18 °F

Feed Truck Hit Track Before Rail Shifted

KSCB News - March 15, 2016 7:11 pm

CIMARRON, Kansas – The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the derailment involving an Amtrak train. Earl Weener is part of the National Transportation Safety Board. Weener says it’s too soon to know what caused the derailment. However, he says the NTSB has learned the rail shifted from video recorded from the front engine.

“The video shows the track was disturbed and shifted an estimated about 12-14 inches to the south,” he said.

Here is a picture of the truck the NTSB says may have been involved in shifting rails. (KSN Photo)
Here is a picture of the truck the NTSB says may have been involved in shifting rails. (KSN Photo)

The engineer noticed a variation on the track, causing him to brake. The train was traveling 60 mph when it derailed.

Weener says a feed truck may have been involved a day before in an impact on the tracks. He says the feed truck owner is cooperating with the investigation.

“We would love to have, if someone had witnessed the truck crossing the highway and into the railroad ties, if there is anybody that has seen that, we have a website, or an email address [email protected].”

The feed company declined comment. Right now, the BNSF railroad has reopened the line, and the Amtrak rail cars have been placed on a nearby siding.

NTSB officials say the analysis could take up to a year.

The derailment injured at least 32 people although most were treated and released from the hospital. Two patients remained hospitalized in Kansas, one after undergoing surgery. The condition of two people flown to an Amarillo, Texas, hospital wasn’t immediately known.


Latest Stories

Southwest Miracles 10 Years of Miracles Celebration, Fundraiser this Weekend

The Southwest Miracles annual fundraiser is set for this weekend. The group is celebrating 10 years...

Hugoton Woman Injured in Thomas County Accident

A two vehicle accident occured in Thomas County, Saturday afternoon at approximately 2:50pm near mile marker...

Broadcast Square audio archives February 4 to 15, 2019

You can listen to archived Broadcast Square audio from the week of February 4 to 7,...