Three killed and at least 50 injured when Amtrak train derails in Missouri after hitting dump truck – CNN
Authorities said Monday evening that three people died and at least 50 were injured after an Amtrak train derailed in Missouri. The train struck a dump truck at an uncontrolled intersection, and eight cars and two locomotives left the track.
Robert Nightingale was taking a nap in his sleeper car when he heard something and saw dust coming through his window.
Nightingale said the train fell over on his side, so he climbed into the hallway and found a way to climb out.
About every hour and a half, a train collides with another object or is derailed in the United States. Every two weeks, a train carrying hazardous materials derails. Many of these crashes occur at uncontrolled intersections.
According to the US Department of Transportation, there are about 5,800 train-car crashes yearly in the United States, most of which occur at railroad crossings.
According to Scott Armstrong, director of national media for Boy Scouts of America, two Boy Scout troops from Appleton, Wisconsin, were on the Amtrak train and assisted people who were hurt.
Amtrak said people who need immediate assistance with information about the train can call or text 1-800-USA-RAIL. The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a 14-person team to the crash scene.
For more on this story, please consider these sources:
- 3 killed and at least 50 injured when Amtrak train derails in Missouri after hitting dump truck – CNN
- Live updates: Amtrak train derails in Missouri – The Kansas City Star
- Missouri Amtrak crash happened at an ‘uncontrolled’ intersection. What does that mean? – Amtrak
- Amtrak Statement on Train 4 Derailment near Mendon, Mo.