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DETACHMENT OF TRAILER UNDER PROBE IN TRAIN CRASH

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Investigators want to know why a trailer full of cat-box litter came loose from a freight train, causing an Amtrak wreck that killed one person and injured more than 350 others.

The CSX freight train and Amtrak's Silver Meteor were passing on side-by-side tracks about 6 feet apart just before dawn Monday when the Silver Meteor rammed the trailer jutting out into its path.All but one of the Silver Meteor's 19 cars derailed.

"When I woke up, I saw everybody on the floor and crying and yelling," said 13-year-old Shantae Taylor, one of 43 Miami youngsters returning from a chorus competition in Washington. "Windows were broken, and there was stuff all over the floor."

The assistant engineer driving the Amtrak train, Brooks Woodward, 41, of Laurinburg, was killed. Ten people remained hospitalized Tuesday, including engineer William Black, who was in serious condition with broken legs and a concussion.

Just after the accident, Black told an Amtrak transportation manager that "all of a sudden a trailer came out in front of me," said Carl Vogt, chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board.

NTSB investigators focused on how the truck trailer was anchored to the flatbed car carrying it.

Scrapes discovered on the flatbed car may indicate the trailer broke loose, Vogt said.

The mechanism that locks the trailer down was not immediately recovered, NTSB investigator Mike Martino said. He said a second trailer on the same flatbed car didn't come loose but was destroyed when the car overturned.