Three people were killed when an Amtrak train derailed Monday afternoon in Mendon, Missouri, when a dump truck rammed it, officials said.
According to an Amtrak statement, there were reports of injuries to Train 4 after “several cars derailed”. The train was carrying 243 passengers and 12 crew members during its journey from Los Angeles to Chicago.
Amtrak reported that the accident happened at around 12:45 pm. Mendon is about 115 miles northeast of Kansas City.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Corporal Justin Dunn said Monday that two people on board the train were killed in addition to one person in the dump truck.
Dunn did not have a count of how many others were injured, although he noted that several others had been taken to area hospitals.
Missouri State Highway Patrol tweeted that Around eight trains were derailed with several agencies providing assistance at the scene. Amtrak said two engines also derailed.
NBC affiliate KOMU. video from Train cars were shown lying completely off the tracks and on their side. Social media of the accident showed passengers crawling through side windows to avoid the debris.
government mike parson tweeted That the Missouri Department of Public Safety, Highway Patrol and other personnel were responding.
“We are saddened to hear of the Amtrak train derailment in Chariton County this afternoon… We ask Missourians to join us in prayer for those affected,” Parson said.
Speaking reporters on MondayParson called the accident “a bad scene”.
“It’s a terrible situation. I know that many cars have been derailed. We believe there may have been some deaths,” he said.
“It’s very unfortunate whenever you get derailed by a train and several cars – it’s not a good day.”
An Amtrak train was involved in a serious accident for the second day in a row after Monday’s derailment.
Three people were killed and two others were injured in this An Amtrak train collided with a vehicle obstructing rail tracks near Brentwood, California, on Sunday, officials said.
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