Missouri: a train derails with nearly 250 passengers, 3 dead

Lhe pictures are impressive. Monday, June 27, several cars of a train carrying nearly 250 passengers derailed in Missouri, in the center of the United States, announced the rail company Amtrak, which mentions “injuries” and at least 3 dead. The Los Angeles-Chicago train ran off the tracks “after colliding with a garbage truck at a level crossing” in Mendon, Missouri, at 1:42 p.m. local time (6:42 p.m. GMT ), details the press release from the public company.

There were “about 243 passengers on board,” she added, “and early reports mention injuries.” “There are multiple injuries and we can confirm that there were three fatalities, two on the train and one in the garbage truck,” Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman Justin Dunn said during an interview. a press conference. Impressive photographs of the accident posted on social media by travelers show many wagons lying on the side of the track, passengers escaping from the side windows, in the middle of an agricultural area. AFP could not immediately confirm the authenticity of these images.

Sunday, another train operated by Amtrak had struck a car on a level crossing without automatic barriers in California, killing 3 of the passengers of the vehicle, according to the chain NBC.

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