updated 9/29/2005 3:58:54 AM ET 2005-09-29T07:58:54

An Amtrak train carrying 78 passengers and 12 crew members derailed in eastern Missouri, but no major injuries were reported, officials said.

Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham said she didn’t know what caused the crash late Wednesday, but said it happened in a canyon and could have been the result of a landslide. She said the passengers only appeared to have suffered minor injuries.

Graham said passengers would be taken by bus to a hotel in a nearby town.

The Texas Eagle train, which runs between Chicago and San Antonio, derailed near the town of Blackwell about 30 miles south of St. Louis. Graham said the engine of the six-car train was on its side and three of the cars had derailed upright.

Earlier Wednesday, a high-speed Amtrak Acela train plowed into a car at a crossing in Waterford, Conn., killing a woman and her 8-year-old grandson and causing major delays along the Boston-to-Washington corridor.

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