Amtrak Passenger Train, Truck Collide in Mississippi

An Amtrak passenger train bound for New Orleans collided Tuesday with a truck along a rural stretch of track in northern Copiah County south of Jackson. At least four injuries were reported by authorities.

The southbound City of New Orleans hit a garbage truck around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday between Terry and Hazlehurst.

A Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman said two of the four people injured were taken to the hospital while two others were being treated at the scene.

MEMA's Katherine Crowell said it's was unclear if the injured were on the train or in the truck.

A fire broke out after the collision, authorities said. It's unclear if the fire caused any injuries.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said the train left Chicago on Monday night and was due in Louisiana this afternoon. Its estimated 100 passengers have been moved to a nearby shelter and could be taken to their destination by bus if the locomotive is damaged, he said.

The northbound City of New Orleans was held at the station just as it was set to depart Tuesday afternoon, Magliari said.

It is unclear if the tracks at the intersection of Hartley Road and County Line Road were damaged. If so, that may further delay traffic and the departure of the northbound train.

Canadian National Railway owns the tracks.