Derailment - City of New Orleans
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Derailment: Monday, March 15, 1999
Amtrak City of New Orleans
The Amtrak City of New Orleans derailed between 9:45 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. (Central Standard Time)
on Monday evening, March 15, 1999, after it struck a flatbed tractor trailer truck loaded with
steel that was blocking a railroad crossing about 50 miles south of Chicago.
"The engineer said he saw the lights flashing, he saw the barriers down, and then he saw
the truck stop and try to get around it,"
said Amtrak's Chairman, Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson.
The full story can be read in the March 17, 1999, Philadelphia Inquirer Online at:
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