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Amtrak, semi-truck collide in Oklahoma, injuring 5

Oct. 16 (UPI) -- An Amtrak train collided with a car hauler in southern Oklahoma, injuring five people aboard the train, local authorities said.

The crash happened around 7 p.m. Friday near Thackerville, Okla., an Amtrak representative told WFAA-TV in Dallas, Texas. The train left Fort Worth, Texas, en route to Oklahoma City.

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Five train passengers were transported to an area hospital with minor injuries. There were 110 people on board the train at the time of the collision.

In addition to the train injuries, the Love County Sheriff's Office in Oklahoma said "the driver of the semi and his dog are shaken up but everyone is alive."

Love County Sheriff Marty Grisham told ABC News the semi-truck had gotten stuck on the train tracks before it was struck by the train.

"The tracks are built up a little bit higher," he said. "He had a lot of cars on the trailer. When he tried to cross over the tracks, the trailer high-centered on the tracks, causing him to be stuck and not able to move his tractor-trailer rig any further off the track."

A witness called 911 after the truck became stuck and officials attempted to contact the railroad network operator, but wasn't able to reach them prior to the collision, Grisham said.

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