An Amtrak train parked on the platform at New York’s Penn Station.
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Three people were killed when an Amtrak train rammed into a dump truck and derailed Monday afternoon in Mendon, Missouri, officials said.
Train 4 was carrying 243 passengers and 12 crew members as it traveled from Los Angeles to Chicago, and the accident occurred around 12:45 p.m., Amtrak said in a statement Monday. Mendon is about 115 miles northeast of Kansas City.
Two people on the train were killed, in addition to one person who was in the dump truck, Missouri State Highway Patrol Corporal Justin Dunn said Monday.
Dunn was unable to count how many others were injured, although he noted several others were taken to area hospitals. In addition to rescue services from several counties, medical helicopters were deployed on site.
According to Dunn, seven of the eight cars derailed. Amtrak said two locomotives also derailed.
Dunn described the area of the accident as an “uncontrolled intersection”.
“This is the beginning of a lengthy investigation,” said Eric Brown, also with the state highway patrol. “We have a lot more information that we need to obtain.”
Uninjured persons were taken to a secondary location until new travel arrangements could be made for them.
The video from NBC affiliate KOMU showed wagons completely derailed from the tracks and lying on their sides. The social media of the accident appeared to show passengers crawling out of side windows to escape the debris.
Gov. Mike Parson tweeted that the Missouri Department of Public Safety, highway patrol and other employees were responding.
“We are saddened to hear of the Amtrak train derailment in Chariton County this afternoon… We ask Missourians to join us in praying for all those affected,” Parson said.
Speaking to reporters Monday, Parson called the crash “a horrific scene.”
“It’s a terrible situation. I know several cars derailed. We think there may be some deaths,” he said.
“It’s very unfortunate every time a train and several carriages derail – it’s not a good day.”
Monday’s derailment marks the second straight day that an Amtrak train has been involved in a serious accident.
Three people were killed and two others injured after an Amtrak train crashed into a vehicle that was blocking the tracks near Brentwood, California, on Sunday, officials said.
https://www.cnbc.com/2022/06/27/3-dead-after-amtrak-train-strikes-dump-truck-and-derails-in-missouri.html 3 dead after Amtrak train hit dump truck and derailed in Missouri