Four dead and multiple injuries as Amtrak passenger train derails in Missouri, US
An Amtrak train travelling from Los Angeles to Chicago derailed in Mendon, Missouri in the US, on Monday afternoon, 27 June 2022, with authorities reporting four fatalities. The train, which was carrying 207 passengers, hit a dump truck that was in the middle of the tracks. Seven of the train's cars derailed. Fifty people were injured, with dozens taken to the closest hospitals possible in the remote area. First responders as well as volunteers helped ferry passengers to Mendon, where they could make travel arrangements.
A federal official said the eight-car train was going about 90mph when it struck the truck at a public crossing southwest of the rural town of Mendon at 12h42pm. There were 207 passengers and crew members on board. Seven cars derailed.
The crossing had no electronic signals to warn traffic, which is common for the area, Cpl Justin Dunn of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol called the derailment a "large-scale event."
Dozens of crash victims were taken to local hospitals and some were airlifted in critical condition, officials said.
At least three people were transported to University Hospital in Columbia, said Eric Maze, a spokesperson with the University of Missouri Health Care system. University of Missouri Health Care said it was caring for nine patients from the derailment.
Ben Cornelius, a spokesman for Boone Hospital in Columbia, said the facility treated 28 patients for mild to moderate injuries. Most were released or expected to be released Monday night.
The crash came one day after another Amtrak train collided with a car in California’s East Bay, killing at least three people. Eighty-five people were on the train, which was travelling from Stockton to Martinez. There were no reported injuries among the train passengers and crew, officials said.
Sources: NewsWeek, The Los Angeles Times, CNN