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An Amtrak practice from Los Angeles to Chicago derailed in Missouri after hitting a truck

An extended-haul passenger practice carrying 243 passengers and 12 crew derailed within the US state of Missouri, after reportedly placing a truck at a railroad crossing. Preliminary stories talked about a number of folks with accidents of various severity, no less than three of whom needed to be taken to a hospital about 80 miles away. There have been no confirmations of fatalities.

Eight vehicles and two engines of the Southwest Chief practice derailed close to Mendon, Missouri on Monday when it struck a car “that was obstructing a public crossing,” Amtrak stated in an announcement. The practice was touring from Los Angeles to Chicago and the incident occurred at 12:42 Central time.

Amtrak stated there have been “early stories of accidents” however couldn’t supply any specifics, saying solely they’d launch data later because it grew to become out there. “Native authorities are at present aiding clients and we have now deployed Amtrak sources to help.”

Mendon is a group of about 160 residents, positioned 84 miles (135 kilometers) northeast of Kansas Metropolis. The city “pulled collectively to assist everybody” and the rescued passengers had been taken to a close-by highschool, Dax McDonald, one of many folks on board the practice, stated on Twitter.

One other passenger, Ron Nightingale, posted a quick video and a few pictures of the aftermath on Fb. 

“Appears like we’ll be late to Chicago,” Nightingale says, shaken. “We hit a truck… somebody was crossing the tracks…”

“I’m OK, others aren’t,” he added in one other submit.

The car struck by the practice was described as a tractor-trailer or a dump truck.

Three passengers had been taken from the scene to College Hospital in Columbia, positioned about 80 miles southeast, AP reported citing hospital spokesman Eric Maze. He didn’t have data on their situation. Reporters on the scene stated a number of helicopters had been requested for medical evacuation, nonetheless.

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