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Monday February 5 3:35 PM ET Passenger Train Hits Freight Train at Syracuse, N.Y.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - An Amtrak passenger train struck the rear of a CSX freight train carrying lumber soon after leaving Syracuse, New York, station Monday, injuring at least 44 people, officials said.

A spokeswoman at a hospital in the area was quoted by WCBS News Radio as saying passengers were treated for broken bones and cuts after the collision at 11.35 a.m. EST. A spokesman for the CSX company, which owns the railroad, told WCBS Radio that some lumber spilled off the freight train.

Amtrak said in a statement that the lead locomotive and four passenger cars were derailed, but remained upright. It said 98 passengers and four crew were on board Amtrak's Empire Service that originates in Niagara Falls, travels east to Albany and then south to New York City.

-- Carl Jenkins (, February 05, 2001

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