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Amtrak train, U.P. freight collide; 6 hurt

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HALLSVILLE, Texas — A passenger train collided with a freight train in eastern Texas, injuring five passengers and an engineer.

Seventeen cars derailed in Tuesday's wreck of an Amtrak Texas Eagle passenger train and a Union Pacific freight train. The Amtrak train was carrying 11 crew members and 48 passengers.

The injuries were described by Amtrak officials as "non-life-threatening."

Mark Davis, a Union Pacific spokesman, said the passenger train had been diverted to a side track to make way for the freight train but didn't stop when it got to the end of the side track.

"We can't comment on cause and fault until an investigation is complete," said Amtrak spokesman Kevin Johnson.

Cleanup efforts continued Wednesday at the accident scene, some 50 miles west of Shreveport, La.