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Sudden Amtrak stop injures more than 50

LAMY, New Mexico (CNN) -- More than 50 people received minor injuries on Monday afternoon when an Amtrak train made a sudden stop in New Mexico while being shifted from one track to another to accommodate another train.

Amtrak's eastbound Southwest Chief, en route from Los Angeles, California, to Chicago, Illinois, with 350 passengers on board, had been sitting on the track at Lamy, about 20 miles southeast of Santa Fe, New Mexico, while the air conditioning was being repaired, said Amtrak spokeswoman Karina Van Veen.

The train had to be switched to another track when the westbound Southwest Chief, traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles, arrived. As the train was moving, it stopped suddenly, jostling passengers, Van Veen said. The train did not derail, she added.

Eight passengers and four Amtrak employees were transported to St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe, and 40 other passengers were treated at the scene, Van Veen said. Hospital spokesman Alan Bleiweiss said none of the injuries was life-threatening.

What caused the sudden stop is under investigation, Van Veen said. The National Transportation Safety Board has been notified and will join Amtrak and local authorities in their investigation, she said.

The train left Lamy for Chicago on Monday evening, four hours behind schedule. Injured passengers left behind will be put up in a hotel overnight and will be put on the Southwest Chief when it comes though Tuesday, Van Veen said.

• Amtrak
• National Transportation Safety Board

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