BREAKING: Amtrak Train Derails in Missouri, Multiple Injuries

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DEVELOPING STORY: An Amtrak Southwest Chief train hit a dump truck in Mendon, Missouri and was derailed, with multiple injuries.

There were 243 passengers on the Kansas City train bound for Chicago when it hit the truck at a public crossing, according to Amtrak.

Amtrak released a statement:

On June 27 at 12:42 p.m. CT, Southwest Chief Train 4, traveling eastbound on BNSF track from Los Angeles to Chicago, derailed 8 cars and 2 locomotives after striking a truck that was obstructing a public crossing near Mendon, Missouri. There were approximately 243 passengers and 12 crew members onboard with early reports of injuries. Local authorities are currently assisting customers. Our Incident Response Team has been activated, and we are deploying emergency personnel to the scene to help support our passengers, our employees and their families with their needs. Individuals with questions about their friends and family who were traveling aboard this train should call 800-523-9101. Additional details will be provided as available.

At least three patients were taken by ambulance and helicopter to the University of Missouri Health Care in Columbia, according to a spokesperson at the medical center.


The Missouri State Highway Patrol said at least eight cars in total derailed.

“It’s a terrible situation, I do know that several cars have been derailed. We do believe there could be some fatalities, but again it’s way early on,” Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said. “It’s very unfortunate any time you have a derailment of a train and multiple cars, it’s not a good day.”

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