US: At least 3 dead after train hits truck, derails in Missouri

by | Jun 27, 2022 | World

Amtrak says approximately 243 passengers, 12 crew were in train when it derailed en route to Chicago from Los Angeles.At least three people have been killed and others injured after a train travelling from Los Angeles to Chicago hit a dump truck and derailed in a remote area in the US state of Missouri, authorities said.
It was not immediately clear how many people were hurt beyond the three people who died, Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) said on Monday evening.
“There are multiple injuries and we can confirm there were three fatalities – two on the train and one in the dump truck,” Justin Dunn, a spokesperson for MSHP, told reporters at a press conference.
At least eight medical helicopters were responding from around the state, Matt Daugherty, Lifeflight Eagle director of business development, told The Kansas City Star. Daugherty said he knew there were a number of injuries and some people were in critical condition.
US passenger rail company Amtrak said in a statement that the train derailed at 12:42pm local time (17:42 GMT).
It said the train was travelling eastbound from Los Angeles to Chicago when it struck “a truck that was obstructing a public crossing near Mendon, Missouri”, about 160km (100 miles) northeast of Kansas City. Approximately 243 passengers and 12 crew members were on board.
The train was travelling from Los Angeles to Chicago when it derailed in Missouri [File: Stefani Reynolds/AFP]
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