A North American Amtrak train carrying 243 people derailed Monday after colliding with a dump truck at a crossing near Kansas City., in Missouri. Authorities have reported at least three deaths and 50 injuries so far.
The Southwest Chief 4 train, which was traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago, derailed after colliding with a dump truck in Mendon, about 100 miles northeast of Kansas City, at 1:42 p.m., Amtrak spokeswoman Kimberly Woods said. Aerial images showed that seven of the eight passenger cars were lying on their right side.
Sergeant on the Missouri Highway Patrol, Justin DunnHe said two train passengers were killed, along with a person who was in the dump truck.
Eric McKenziethe superintendent of the Chariton County Ambulance Service, told the network News letters who – which At least 50 people were injured.
At least nine people were taken to the University of Missouri Health Care Hospital in Columbia, about 90 miles away, and many of them arrived by helicopter.
The first images of the event show a passenger helping out from a broken window, while others are seen on top of overturned cars.
One train passenger shared several photos of the train derailing on his social networks, and said that several people had received help at a local high school in Mindon: “I am so grateful to the people who are here safely at Northwestern Institute near Mindon,” tweeted Dax McDonald. He added. This town came together to help everyone.”
Among the train’s passengers were high school students from Pleasant Ridge High School in Easton, Kansas, who were on their way to the Conference for America’s Future Business Leaders in Chicago, supervisor Tim Baing told the Kansas City Star.
News under development…