Saturday, December 03, 2022

Amtrak train with 243 passengers derails in Missouri after accident

(Nation World News) — Justin Dunn of the Missouri Highway Patrol said at least three people were killed when an Amtrak train derailed. Officials say the train hit a dump truck at an “uncontrolled crossing”, that is, when there are no lights or electronic devices to warn cars of approaching and is common on rural roads.

Dunn said two of the dead were inside the train and one was inside a dump truck.

He said a total of seven rail cars derailed and dozens of others were injured who were taken to hospitals in the area. Dunn said those who were not injured were also taken away from the accident.

According to Dunn, preliminary reports indicated that an Amtrak train bound for Chicago collided with a dump truck at an “uncontrolled” railway crossing. An uncontrolled crossing meant that there were no lights or mechanized weapons.

“There were about eight cars in the train including a baggage car. Seven cars have derailed. There have been multiple injuries and we can confirm that there have been three deaths, two on the train and one in the dump truck,” Dunn said.

Officials say the investigation is at an early stage and more information will be released. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says it is still working with Amtrak and other regional agencies who responded to help.

The company said the train collided with a dump truck at a public square near the town of Mendon at around 1:42 pm local time.

“There are about 243 passengers on board, with preliminary reports of injuries,” company officials said in a statement. “Local authorities are currently assisting customers and we have deployed Amtrak resources to assist.”

Everything was in slow motion, said the traveler

Robert Nightingale, who was in the sleeping car, said he was taking a nap when he heard something.

“It all kind of slowed down. It started shaking, and shaking, and then it flickered, and then all of a sudden, all this dust came out my window,” Nightingale, who lives in Taos, New Mexico, told Nation World News.

He said that the train fell on the same side on which his compartment was.

Nightingale, who was not injured, said that she could not get out of the window, which was blocked by dirt, so she grabbed her bag and went out into the hallway. Then he went to a neighboring compartment where he found a way and climbed to the side of the train.

He said that some people helped others on the ground where he and others walked towards the front of the train. He said it looked like there were big rocks in the truck.

“He hit something important … to derail all the cars,” he said.

Mendon is about 100 miles northeast of Kansas City. The train was going from Los Angeles to Chicago.

Amtrak said people who need immediate assistance with train information can call or text 1-800-USA-RAIL.

This was the second collision in two days in which an Amtrak train collided with a passenger vehicle. On Sunday, 85 passengers were on a train in rural California that collided with a vehicle. According to officials, three people died and two people were seriously injured.

Officials said all the victims were in the vehicle.

Nation World News’s Amy Simonon and Andy Babineau contributed to this report.

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