Three Dead After Amtrak Train ‘Topples Over’ in Missouri Derailment

Three Dead After Amtrak Train 'Topples Over' in Missouri Derailment


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Three people were killed Monday afternoon when an Amtrak train struck a dump truck at an uncontrolled crossing and derailed in rural Missouri.

Two of those killed were onboard the train and the third was inside the dump truck, said Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesperson Justin Dunn in an afternoon press conference.

Earlier in the day, a passenger told The Daily Beast as he was being shuttled away from the scene on a school bus provided by authorities that he feared the crash was a “mass casualty event.”

Reached by phone, Ron Goulet of Flagstaff, Arizona, said he was uninjured but helicopters were evacuating injured passengers.

“They’ve got every rescue helicopter and crew here from every direction,” Shaken Goulet said. “We are in Chariton County, Missouri. The train toppled over on its side. Every seat was sold out full, and they were packing people into the observation because they were so full. There are plenty of people on back boards being taken [away] by paramedics.”



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<p>The truck that apparently caused the derailment.</p>
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The truck that apparently caused the derailment.

Courtesy of Ron Goulet

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The truck that apparently caused the derailment.

Courtesy of Ron Goulet

The train was traveling at about 90 mph around the time of impact, according to KSHB. In total, Dunn said seven of the eight passenger cars were derailed on the train, which was operating between Los Angeles and Chicago.

Two Boy Scout troops headed home to Wisconsin from a retreat in New Mexico were aboard, according to Green Bay CBS affiliate WFRV. Two adults in the group were injured, the outlet reported. A group of high school students from Easton, Kansas were also on the train, going to a Future Business Leaders of America conference, a school administrator told The Kansas City Star.

In a statementAmtrak said several cars derailed at 12:43 pm “after striking a dump truck at a public crossing in Mendon, Missouri.”

“There are approximately 243 passengers onboard with early reports of injuries,” the statement said. “Local authorities are currently assisting customers and we have deployed Amtrak resources to assist.”

First responders arrived about 20 minutes after impact, Dunn said. He said officials are still working to determine the exact number of passengers onboard.



<div class="inline-image__credit">Courtesy of Ron Goulet</div>
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Goulet said he “did not personally see anybody dead,” but that “there are no doubt people still trapped on that train. They’re starting to cut it apart now.”



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<p>Photos taken from inside the toppled train.</p>
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Photos taken from inside the toppled train.

Courtesy of Ron Goulet

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Photos taken from inside the toppled train.

Courtesy of Ron Goulet



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