At least 3 people were killed, 50 injured after an Amtrak passenger train derailed in Missouri after hitting a dump truck
- At least three people were killed and 50 injured after an Amtrak train derailed Monday afternoon in Missouri.
- The Amtrak train was carrying around 243 passengers and derailed in Mendon, Missouri.
At least three people were killed after an Amtrak train derailed after hitting a dump truck at a crossing in Missouri on Monday afternoon, law enforcement officials confirmed.
Two of the fatalities were passengers on the train and one was on the truck, according to Cpl. Justin Dunn, a public information officer with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
At least 50 people were injured in the incident, Eric McKenzie, the superintendent with Chariton County Ambulance Service, told CNN.
The train was traveling through Mendon, Missouri, and derailed around 12:42 p.m. local time, knocking multiple cars and locomotives off the tracks, the company confirmed to Insider.
"It's a bad scene," Missouri Gov. Mike Parson told KCTV5.
All passengers — both injured and uninjured — have since been transported from the scene, Dunn said during a press conference shortly after 5 p.m. local time.
A spokesperson from University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri, told Insider that the hospital was treating three patients, but declined to share their conditions.
Photos and videos shared on social media appeared to show multiple train cars flipped on their side as passengers climbed out.
The train, Southwest Chief Train 4, had around 243 passengers and 12 crew members aboard and was traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago when it hit the truck at a public crossing, which Dunn said was "uncontrolled," meaning there were no lights or mechanized arms.
Eight train cars and two locomotives were derailed, Amtrak said.
One passenger, Ron Goulet, told the Daily Beast he saw multiple people being taken away by paramedics.
"There are no doubt people still trapped on that train," Goulet told the Daily Beast. "They're starting to cut it apart now."
In a Facebook live posted by Rob Nightingale, an out-of-breath passenger sits on the side of a flipped-over train car.
"Looks like I'm going to be late to Chicago," he says.
Photos on Twitter from another passenger appear to show riders helping someone out of a train window while others stand on top of the flipped-over train cars or off to the side.
Dax McDonald wrote on Twitter that passengers were bussed to the nearby Northwestern High School.
"So thankful for the people here," he said, adding he was safe in Mendon, Missouri. "This town pulled together to help everyone"
—Dax McDonald (@cloudmarooned) June 27, 2022
People with questions about family or friends who were aboard the train should call 800-523-9101, Amtrak said.
In a statement Monday evening, Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg said Federal Railroad Administration staff was en route to the scene, which occurred about 100 miles northeast of Kansas City, Missouri.
"Saddened by the tragic loss of life and injuries in the Missouri train derailment today & Northern California collision over the weekend," Buttigieg wrote in a tweet. "I have been kept updated & my team is in touch with Amtrak & relevant authorities. FRA staff are en route to support the investigation in MO."
Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board will arrive to look into the collision Tuesday morning, a chairwoman for the agency said during a Monday press conference.
"With the team, we'll have specialists from mechanical, from signal systems from operations and survival factors," NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy said. "We'll have a highway person, a drone operator, and some team members from NTSB's Office of Transportation Disaster Assistance to work with survivors and families of those who were involved in the derailment."
The deadly Missouri train derailment comes after a similar incident on Sunday where an Amtrak train collided with a passenger vehicle in Brentwood, California, killing three people and injuring two.
This story is developing. Please check back for updates.
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