3 people killed after Amtrak train hits truck and derails in Missouri


MENDON, Mo. (AP) – Three people were killed and others were injured when a passenger train traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago hit a dump truck and derailed in a remote rural area of ​​Missouri on Monday , officials said.

It is not immediately known how many people were injured beyond the three people who died, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

At least eight medical helicopters were responding from across the state, Matt Daugherty, director of business development for Lifeflight Eagle, told the Kansas City Star. Daugherty said he knew there were a number of injuries and some people were in critical condition.

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The Southwest Chief was carrying about 243 passengers and 12 crew when the collision occurred near Mendon at 12:42 p.m. CT, Amtrak said. According to the Highway Patrol, seven cars derailed. Amtrak previously said eight cars made it.

Helicopter video broadcast by KMBC-TV in Kansas City from the scene showed train cars on their side as emergency responders used ladders to climb into one. The video also showed six medical helicopters parked nearby waiting to transport patients.

Three passengers were taken to Columbia University Hospital, hospital spokesman Eric Maze said. He had no information about their conditions.

Passengers on the train included high school students from Pleasant Ridge High School in Easton, Kansas, who were traveling to a Future Business Leaders of America conference in Chicago, Superintendent Tim Beying told the Kansas City Star.

The southwest chef takes about two days to travel from Los Angeles to Chicago. Mendon, with a population of about 160, is about 135 kilometers northeast of Kansas City.


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