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Three killed, dozens injured in Amtrak train derailment in Missouri

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A passenger train traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago struck a dump truck and derailed Monday in a remote, rural area of ​​Missouri, killing three people and injuring dozens more, officials said.

Two of the dead were on the train and one in the truck, Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman Cpl said. said Justin Dunn. It wasn’t immediately clear exactly how many people were injured, the patrol said, but hospitals reported receiving more than 40 patients from the crash and expected more.

The Southwest Chief was carrying about 243 passengers and 12 crew when the collision occurred near Mendon at a rural intersection on a dirt road with no crossing arms, officials said. Seven cars derailed, the Highway Patrol said.

Helicopter video from KMBC-TV’s Kansas City location showed train cars on their sides as emergency services used ladders to climb into one of them. Six medical helicopters parked nearby were ready to transport patients.

Nearly 20 local and state law enforcement, ambulance, fire and medical helicopter services responded, Dunn said. First responders arrived within 20 minutes of receiving a 911 call, he said.

Passenger Robert Nightingale said he was dozing in his bedroom when the accident happened.

“Everything started to go in slow motion,” he told CNN, describing how the train rocked before falling on its side.

Nightingale was able to climb out of the side of the car.

“We all just sat there shocked,” he said.

Other passengers on the train were 16 youths and eight adults of two Boy Scouts who were traveling home to Appleton, Wisconsin, after a backcountry excursion at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, but no one in the group was seriously injured, Scott said. Armstrong, director of national media relations for the Boy Scouts of America. The Scouts provided first aid to several injured passengers, including the dump truck driver, Armstrong said.

High school students from Pleasant Ridge High School in Easton, Kansas, who were on their way to a Future Business Leaders of America conference in Chicago, were also on board, Superintendent Tim Beying told The Star.

It takes the Southwest Chief about two days to travel from Los Angeles to Chicago. Mendon, with a population of about 160, is located about 85 miles northeast of Kansas City.


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