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NODAWAY Iowa March 18 - An Amtrak train carrying 210 people from Chicago to California derailed in rural Iowa early Sunday killing one passenger injuring about 90 others and leaving a zigzagging trail of silver cars along a muddy embankment At least seven of the injured passengers were hospitalized and dozens of others were treated and released from area hospitals after suffering minor injuries Some crew members sustained minor injuries an Amtrak spokeswoman said The cause of the crash about 70 miles southwest of Des Moines was unknown Terry Williams a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board said investigators were gathering details on the scene The California Zephyrs two locomotives and 15 cars were carrying 195 passengers and 15 crew members Amtrak spokeswoman Debra Hare said Amtrak officials did not immediately release a list of passengers Charlie Romstad of Colorado Springs Colo said in a telephone call to The Associated Press that the passenger killed was his mother Stella Riehl 69 also of Colorado Springs Romstad 46 said his mother came to Des Moines last week because her brother who was living in a Des Moines nursing home had died We picked up the ashes on Saturday She was taking them back to Colorado Springs when the accident happened Romstad said Amtrak spokeswoman Cheryle Jackson said at an Omaha Neb news conference that the victim was a passenger but she could not immediately confirm the persons identity The scene of the wreckage stretched about one-fourth of a mile Workers began picking up debris near the tipped-over cars some of which formed a V-shape along the tracks Two silver cars lay across the railroad and an overturned car lay parallel to the track in a muddy bank Other cars teetered along the track near the snow-covered ground I think everybody was amazed that
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