Amtrak train carrying nearly 170 passengers derails in Lakeland, officials say

July 15, 9 a.m. Update:

LAKELAND, Fla. — The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said eight people were treated for minor injuries after the crash in Lakeland.


The sheriff’s office, the Lakeland Police Department, and the Lakeland Fire Department responded to the scene.

Original story:

An Amtrak train derailed after colliding with a truck-trailer in Lakeland Friday evening, according to the company.

It happened around 7 p.m. when Amtrak Train 92 came into contact with a truck-trailer combination obstructing the track at a grade crossing. The collision damaged the Amtrak train and the leading locomotive lost contact with the track, according to the company. Seven people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

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“Amtrak is working with local emergency responders to move the approximately 166 passengers and 10 crew members from the train to a shelter,” company said.

Train 92 originates daily in Miami and used tracks owned, maintained and controlled by CSX railroad in the area of the collison, Amtrak said. The train was traveling from Miami to New York.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.