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Photo Of Amtrak Rail Car. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 08/26/11 10:46 a.m.

MAX, Neb. (CBS) — An Amtrak headed to Chicago derailed in Nebraska Friday morning, after slamming into a farm vehicle on the tracks.

The train, with 178 passengers onboard, hit the farm vehicle around 8:50 a.m. near the town of Max, Neb., close to the state’s borders with Kansas and Colorado, spokesman Marc Magliari said. The train’s locomotives and three of its passenger cars derailed.

A few passengers were taken to a local hospital, but no one suffered life-threatening injuries, Amtrak said.

The California Zephyr train was headed from the San Francisco Bay Area town of Emeryville, Calif., back to Chicago, and had left on Wednesday for the approximately three-day trip.

Passengers were taken to a nearby high school to be checked out, and then will be transported east to their final destinations, Amtrak said.

On the same Amtrak line in June, a truck hit a train heading west from Chicago to the Bay Area, causing a fiery wreck and leaving six people dead.

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