California Zephyr August 26, 2011
On Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, the California Zephyr, carrying more than 175 passengers
from California to Chicago derailed Friday after striking equipment near the tracks
in southwest Nebraska, near the town of Max. A small number of people were taken
to hospitals. The train collided with a demolition crane and 22 people were hurt.
Two engines tipped on their sides and three cars behind them came off the tracks.
The train hit a crane working on demolishing a silo along the side of the tracks.
It wasn’t the first accident on the trip going from San Francisco to Chicago as the
night before the same train had hit a car.