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Fourth person dies following Amtrak train derailment in Missouri

About 150 people were transported from the scene to 10 area hospitals with injuries that ranged from minor to severe, the patrol said on Tuesday.

Amtrak train, Missouri, train accidentAn Amtrak train lies derailed after the train hit a truck at a crossing Monday. (Jill Toyoshiba/Kansas City Star via AP)

A fourth person has died after an Amtrak train carrying about 275 passengers and a dozen crew hit a dump truck at a railroad crossing on Monday and derailed, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said on Tuesday.

The fourth victim was a passenger aboard the train, which was travelling from Los Angeles to Chicago when it collided with a dump truck near Mendon, Missouri, about 100 miles (160 km) northeast of Kansas City, Missouri. Two other passengers and the truck driver were also killed in the collision.

Eight cars and two locomotives derailed, Amtrak officials said, leaving all but one car lying on its side along the track surrounded by grass and farmland. Passengers evacuated the wreck through windows facing skyward.
A Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman said the collision occurred at an uncontrolled crossing without lights or signals.

A worker inspects the scene of an Amtrak train which derailed after striking a dump truck, Monday, June 27, 2022.
(Charlie Riedel/AP)

About 150 people were transported from the scene to 10 area hospitals with injuries that ranged from minor to severe, the patrol said on Tuesday.

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A team of 16 investigators from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) were on the scene at the crash site Tuesday and launched an investigation.

The speed limit for the train was 90 mph along that stretch of track, Jennifer Homendy, the NTSB chair, said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon. But investigators have not yet determined the speed of the train, when its horn was blown and whether emergency brakes were deployed.

Homendy said that the train travelling at the posted speed could take a mile or more to stop.
“Our mission is to determine what happened, why it happened and to prevent a reoccurrence of this in the future.”

First published on: 29-06-2022 at 08:04:46 am
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