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Amtrak train from L.A. to Chicago derails in Missouri

CHICAGO (CBS) — An Amtrak train derailed Monday afternoon in northern Missouri, whereas en route from Los Angeles to Chicago.

Amtrak stated two locomotives and eight automobiles on an eastbound Southwest Chief train derailed after hitting a dump truck at a railroad crossing in the city of Mendon round 12:45 p.m.

Approximately 243 passengers and 12 crew members have been on board on the time, in accordance to Amtrak. Injuries have been reported, nevertheless it was not instantly clear how many individuals have been injured, or how critical the accidents have been.

University of Missouri Health Care, a hospital in Columbia, Missouri, stated it’s receiving three sufferers from the derailment — although it stated that quantity may change.    

“Local authorities are currently assisting customers and we have deployed Amtrak resources to assist,” Amtrak stated in an announcement. 

According to footage posted on Twitter by a person who stated he was a passenger on the train, at the least 5 automobiles of the train ended up utterly on their facet.

Missouri Gov. MIke Parson stated he was “saddened” to hear of the derailment, saying that Missouri Department of Public Safety and Missouri State Highway Patrol have been responding to the scene.

“We ask Missourians to join us in praying for all those impacted,” he wrote in posts on social media. 

Amtrak stated anybody with questions on family and friends who have been on board the train ought to name 800-523-9101 for data.

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