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Three dead and 50 injured by train derailment in Missouri | News Univision United States

At least three people died and another 50 were injured after an Amtrak train derailed Monday in Missouri, according to officials quoted by news outlets.

Eight railcars and two locomotives went off the tracks after colliding with a truck at a public intersection in Mendon, Missouri, the company said in a statement.

A Missouri Highway Patrol officer reported that there were at least three deaths from this accident.

Two of the dead were on the train and the other in the truck, authorities said.

Eric McKenzie, superintendent of the Chariton County Ambulance Service, reported to ABC and CNN that there were “several dead” and at least five dozen injured.

At the moment, Amtrak has not given information on deaths or the precise number of injured.

At least eight medical helicopters were responding from across the state, Matt Daugherty, director of business development for Lifeflight Eagle, told the newspaper. The Kansas City Star. Daugherty said he knew there were several injuries and that some people they were in critical condition.

It was initially reported that at least three people were taken to Columbia University Hospital, according to a spokesman for the institution quoted by CNN.

The train was en route from Los Angeles to Chicago with 243 passengers on board at the time of the accident, which occurred around 1:42 p.m. local time, Amtrak said.

“Local authorities are currently assisting passengers and we have deployed Amtrak resources to help,” the carrier said in a statement.

Another passenger, Robert Nightingale, told CNN that he was sleeping when he heard something.

“It all happened like in slow motion. It started rocking and rocking and then it blinked and then all of a sudden all this dust came through my window,” Nightingale told the outlet.

According to his account, the train fell on the side where his compartment was.

Two accidents in two days

Video from a helicopter shown by KMBC-TV channel showed train cars on their sides as emergency services used ladders to climb onto one of them.

Among the passengers on the train were students from Pleasant Ridge High School in Easton, Kansas, who were on their way to a conference of future business leaders in Chicago, Superintendent Tim Beying told the newspaper. The Kansas City Star.

Mendon, where the mishap occurred, is about 100 miles northeast of Kansas City.

This accident occurs one day after another amtrak train collided with a car in California, resulting in the death of three people. The accident occurred around 1:00 pm (local time) in Brentwood, which is an hour’s drive southeast of San Francisco, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported.

Three people died on the spot. While two adults and a child were taken to hospitals, but there was no immediate information about their conditions, the KRON-TV channel reported.

The victims were inside a four-door sedan when it was struck by the train. The car came to a stop about 60 feet from the tracks.

The accident remains under investigation.

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