Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Montana rescuers applauded in Amtrak derailleur

Workers stand near railroad tracks next to overturned cars from an Amtrak train, near Joplin, Mont., on September 27, 2021. (Ted S. Warren / AP Photo)

Federal investigators are investigating overturned rail cars and a section of tracks as they try to determine why an Amtrak train derailed in rural Montana over the weekend. Three people died in this accident and seven others are hospitalised.

Sarah Robin, emergency services coordinator for Liberty County, Montana, said the weather was good at the time of the accident.

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Workers check a train car from a derailed Amtrak train on September 27, 2021 near Joplin, Mont. (Ted S. Warren / AP Photo)

The Empire Builder on the west side was traveling from Chicago to Seattle when it veered off the tracks near Joplin, a town of about 200, on Saturday afternoon.

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The train had two locomotives and 10 cars, of which eight derailed. The derailment occurred near a switch in the line, where one set of tracks was turned into two, on a section of track that had just been inspected.

Robin praised emergency responders, saying their actions were “flawless”. Federal officials were expected to provide an update later on Monday.

The Associated Press

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