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10 AMTRAK PASSENGERS HURT AS ENGINE DERAILS

The engine of an Amtrak train derailed Sunday in a Washington State gorge, sending at least 10 passengers to hospitals, officials said.

The Portland, Ore.-bound train was carrying 115 people when the locomotive's wheels left the track, leaving four passenger cars leaning upright against an embankment in the Columbia River Gorge in southern Washington, Amtrak spokeswoman Marcie Golgoski said.

Hospital officials said a pregnant woman was admitted to a hospital for observation. One man had a shoulder injury and was expected to be treated and released. Eight others were being examined.

Rail crews hoped to clear the track by nightfall, said Gus Melonas, a spokesman for BNSF Railway Co., which owns and operates the track.

By midday, passengers who could travel were loaded onto school buses and taken to Vancouver, Wash., and Portland, Ore.

The National Transportation Safety Board and BNSF were investigating the cause of the accident.

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