MONON, Ind. (WISH/AP) - Two people suffered minor injuries Wednesday morning when an Amtrak train that departed Indianapolis crashed in White County.
The train collided with a tractor hauling an anhydrous tank near Monon, Ind. at a railroad crossing around 8:30 a.m.
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The train was headed to Chicago when it was involved in the collision, according to Amtrak.
The tractor driven by David Allen had cleared the tracks. However, the train hit some equipment the tractor was towing.
"You just kind of put things together, you feel a jar, see some smoke, see a wheel. Pretty much figure out we just hit something," said passenger Ben Radant.
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Radant and 88 other passengers were taken to the local fire department before being placed on busses to complete their journey to Chicago. An engineer will be evaluated by medical personnel, but wasn't seriously injured.
"We didn't realize we hit anything until we saw the cloud, and we could tell something was on the side of the tracks, but if felt like he just hit the brakes really hard," said passenger Lisa George.
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An eyewitness says the impact of the collision threw Allen, the driver of the tractor, out the back window of his tractor. He is recovering at a local hospital from a broken neck.
Allen was also towing up to 1,000 gallons of anhydrous ammonia. The tank was not hit by the train and the anhydrous ammonia didn't leak as a result of the incident.
An anhydrous ammonia tanker struck a utility pole Wednesday afternoon in southeast Bartholomew County. The roadway was closed, though no leak occurred, 24-Hour News 8's news partner The Republic reports.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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