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At least four people were killed and more than 100 injured on Thursday, April 18,2002 when 14 of the 16 cars on the Amtrak Auto Train derailed in a remote area of north Florida.
The exact cause of the wreck has not yet been determined, but it is reported that the engineer of the train had instituted emergency braking just prior to the derailment.
Amtrak reported that the train was carrying 440 passengers and 28 crew members. The train left Sanford, Florida sometime after 4 p.m. witht the accident happening an hour later, approximately 60 miles north of Orlando, Florida.
The Auto Train was one of Amtrak's most successful routes, carrying both passengers and automobiles from the northeast to the Orlando area. The train carried 234,000 passengers in 2000, according to Amtrak,.
Family and friends who want to inquire about passengers can call Amtrak at (800) 523-9101.
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