An Amtrak train derailed today in Mendon, Missouri, leaving at least one dead and injured, officials said. Amtrak officials said the train struck a truck, which obstructed the train.
Officials did not immediately say how many people were killed and injured. There were more than 250 people on board, including 12 crew members. Amtrak released a statement which said the train was going from Los Angeles to Chicago. The train, Southwest Chief Train 4, hit the truck at 12:42 p.m. Central Time.
The train was traveling east on the BNSF Railway when it struck the truck, derailing eight cars and two locomotives, the statement said.
Anyone seeking passenger information is asked to call 800-523-9101.
This is a breaking news post and will be updated as more information becomes available.
Here’s what you need to know:
At least one person has been pronounced dead after the derailment in rural Missouri
Officials told KMBC in Kansas City that at least one person died after the train derailed. There was no immediate information on how many people were injured or how serious the injuries were.
Amtrak released a statement on the crash.
The statement read:
At 12:42 pm CT on June 27, the Southwest Chief Train 4, traveling eastbound on the BNSF route from Los Angeles to Chicago, derailed 8 cars and 2 locomotives after striking a truck that was crossing a public intersection near Mendon, Missouri. There were approximately 243 passengers and 12 crew members on board with early reports of injuries. Local authorities are currently supporting customers. Our Incident Response Team has been activated and we are dispatching emergency personnel on site to assist our passengers, our employees and their families with their needs. Individuals with questions about their friends and family who have traveled aboard this train should call 800-523-9101. Further details will be provided subject to availability.
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