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Multiple fatalities after Amtrak hits dump truck on public crossing and derails near Kansas City

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Survivors of an Amtrak crash in Missouri shared a photo of themselves atop the overturned train

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  • An Amtrak train derailed after colliding with a dump truck at a public crossing in Mendon, Missouri Monday 
  • Three people are being transported to University Hospital, with one being life-flighted by helicopter
  • The train Southwest Chief Train 4 was traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago when it collided with the truck and derailed around 1:42 p.m. at a public crossing about 100 miles northeast of Kansas City, Missouri
  • Approximately 243 people were onboard at the time of the crash, which toppled several cars onto their sides
  • Shocking photos taken in the immediate aftermath show a passenger being helped out of a broken window
  • The collision happened just a day after another Amtrak train hit a car at a crossing in Brentwood, California around 1pm Sunday, killing three women

 

Local outlet ABC17 reported that multiple people died in the event, but that an exact number remains uncertain.
Three people are being transported to University Hospital, with one being life-flighted by helicopter, an MU Health Care spokesman told ABC17.

The Southwest Chief Train 4, which was traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago, collided with the truck and came off the tracks at Mendon in Missouri around 1:42 p.m. Monday afternoon, Amtrak confirmed to DailyMail.com.

There were ‘early reports of injuries,’ Amtrak said in a statement, adding that there were 243 passengers onboard at the time of the crash.

Shocking photos taken in the immediate aftermath show a female passenger being helped out of a broken window, while others were seen atop overturned cars.

Local emergency personnel have responded to the scene.

Shocking photos taken in the immediate aftermath show a female passenger being helped out of a broken window, while others were seen atop overturned cars

A broken truck axle was snapped close to the track in the aftermath

Rob Nightengale, one of the train passengers, went live on Facebook, showing the aftermath of the accident as the passengers awkwardly prop themselves against the side of the toppled over train car, and avoid stepping on glass spoke to CNN in a phone interview and said that those in the dining car and observation deck had the hardest time getting to safety.
Another passenger tweeted several images of the derailment, then posted that they had taken refuge at a local high school in Mendon, Missouri. ‘So thankful for the people here, safely at the Northwestern high school near Mendon,’ Dax McDonald tweeted. ‘This town pulled together to help everyone.’
Rob Nightengale, one of the train passengers, went live on Facebook, showing the aftermath of the accident as the passengers awkwardly prop themselves against the side of the toppled over train car, and avoid stepping on glass

Source: Daily Mail UK

One passenger tweeted that they had taken refuge at a local high school in Mendon, Missouri, writing: 'So thankful for the people here, safely at the Northwestern high school near Mendon. This town pulled together to help everyone'

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One passenger tweeted that they had taken refuge at a local high school in Mendon, Missouri, writing: ‘So thankful for the people here, safely at the Northwestern high school near Mendon. This town pulled together to help everyone’

Journalist Nylah Burton, who was on a separate Amtrak train set to depart Albuquerque, says she was informed of the possible deaths and injuries by a staff member who came into her car to announce a delay caused by the incident.

She tweeted: ‘An @Amtrak train just derailed in Kansas City (there are likely fatalities but they don’t know all the details) so I’m stuck in Albuquerque tonight because the train can’t go any further.’

A Twitter user called Durand shared the shocking snaps, saying: ‘Oh no.. #Amtrak derailment somewhere in #Missouri.’

Amtrak confirmed to DailyMail.com that multiple injuries were reported, but no additional details were released.

Amtrak tweeted that the Southwest Chief Train 3, which was scheduled to depart Chicago, has been canceled. Amtrak asks passengers to contact 1-800-USA-RAIL for further assistance.

Mendon is about 100 miles northeast of Kansas City, Missouri.

Passengers stand on top of a derailed Amtrak train after it collided with a dump truck at a public crossing in Missouri Monday afternoon

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Passengers stand on top of a derailed Amtrak train after it collided with a dump truck at a public crossing in Missouri Monday afternoon

The derailment comes one day after another Amtrak train collided with a car at a crossing in Brentwood, California, on Sunday afternoon, killing three women, and injuring several others.

Three women, all over the age of 50, were pronounced dead at the scene in Sunday’s crash, according to The Mercury News.

Authorities say the car pulled into a long rural dirt driveway near the intersection of Orwood Road and Bixler Road around 1pm when the Amtrak train rammed into it.

The car then careened off the road and hit another vehicle.

A child and two men were also hospitalized with serious injuries, and another person suffered from moderate injuries.

In total, a spokeswoman for BNSF Railway told the New York Times there were ‘approximately’ five people injured, though the number remains in dispute.

On Sunday, three women were killed and four others were injured when an Amtrak train slammed into a car at around 1pm in Brentwood, California. About 24 hours later, another Amtrak train derailed, this time in Missouri, and multiple injuries have been reported

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On Sunday, three women were killed and four others were injured when an Amtrak train slammed into a car at around 1pm in Brentwood, California. About 24 hours later, another Amtrak train derailed, this time in Missouri, and multiple injuries have been reported

Authorities say the car careened off the road following the impact and hit another vehicle

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Authorities say the car careened off the road following the impact and hit another vehicle

Those who who were seriously wounded were rushed to the John Muir Medical Center after the crash on Sunday afternoon, according to ABC News. One of the adults was airlifted and the child was transported by the ground, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The victims were all inside the four-door sedan when it was struck, officials say, and Battalion Chief Craig Auzenne, of the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District, told reporters at the scene that none of the 81 passenger or five crew members on board the train were injured.

In fact, he said, the train came to a stop about a quarter-mile from where the sedan slammed into an SUV.

An investigation into the crash is ongoing.

But East Contra Costa Fire Department officials say they’d already been called out to that train crossing twice last year because it does not have a traffic guard.

‘It’s a bad crossing,’ Steve Aubert, a fire marshal said, noting that trains travel at about 80mph on the tracks.

‘It’s just a recipe for disaster unfortunately.’

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Missouri officials have declared a ‘large fatality event’ after an Amtrak train stuck a dump truck on a public railroad crossing and overturned.
Local outlet ABC17 reported that multiple people died in the event, but that an exact number remains uncertain.
Three people are being transported to University Hospital, with one being life-flighted by helicopter, an MU Health Care spokesman told ABC17.

The Southwest Chief Train 4, which was traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago, collided with the truck and came off the tracks at Mendon in Missouri around 1:42 p.m. Monday afternoon, Amtrak confirmed to DailyMail.com.

There were ‘early reports of injuries,’ Amtrak said in a statement, adding that there were 243 passengers onboard at the time of the crash.

Shocking photos taken in the immediate aftermath show a female passenger being helped out of a broken window, while others were seen atop overturned cars.

Local emergency personnel have responded to the scene.

Shocking photos taken in the immediate aftermath show a female passenger being helped out of a broken window, while others were seen atop overturned cars

Shocking photos taken in the immediate aftermath show a female passenger being helped out of a broken window, while others were seen atop overturned cars

Rob Nightengale, one of the train passengers, went live on Facebook shortly after the accident that sent at least eight of the train cars rolling onto their sides. Nightengale spoke to CNN in a phone interview and said that those in the dining car and observation deck had the hardest time getting to safety.

Another passenger tweeted several images of the derailment, then posted that they had taken refuge at a local high school in Mendon, Missouri.

‘So thankful for the people here, safely at the Northwestern high school near Mendon,’ Dax McDonald tweeted. ‘This town pulled together to help everyone.’

Rob Nightengale, one of the train passengers, went live on Facebook, showing the aftermath of the accident as the passengers awkwardly prop themselves against the side of the toppled over train car, and avoid stepping on glass

Source: Daily Mail UK

One passenger tweeted that they had taken refuge at a local high school in Mendon, Missouri, writing: 'So thankful for the people here, safely at the Northwestern high school near Mendon. This town pulled together to help everyone'

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One passenger tweeted that they had taken refuge at a local high school in Mendon, Missouri, writing: ‘So thankful for the people here, safely at the Northwestern high school near Mendon. This town pulled together to help everyone’

Journalist Nylah Burton, who was on a separate Amtrak train set to depart Albuquerque, says she was informed of the possible deaths and injuries by a staff member who came into her car to announce a delay caused by the incident.

She tweeted: ‘An @Amtrak train just derailed in Kansas City (there are likely fatalities but they don’t know all the details) so I’m stuck in Albuquerque tonight because the train can’t go any further.’

A Twitter user called Durand shared the shocking snaps, saying: ‘Oh no.. #Amtrak derailment somewhere in #Missouri.’

Amtrak confirmed to DailyMail.com that multiple injuries were reported, but no additional details were released.

Amtrak tweeted that the Southwest Chief Train 3, which was scheduled to depart Chicago, has been canceled. Amtrak asks passengers to contact 1-800-USA-RAIL for further assistance.

Mendon is about 100 miles northeast of Kansas City, Missouri.

Passengers stand on top of a derailed Amtrak train after it collided with a dump truck at a public crossing in Missouri Monday afternoon

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Passengers stand on top of a derailed Amtrak train after it collided with a dump truck at a public crossing in Missouri Monday afternoon

The derailment comes one day after another Amtrak train collided with a car at a crossing in Brentwood, California, on Sunday afternoon, killing three women, and injuring several others.

Three women, all over the age of 50, were pronounced dead at the scene in Sunday’s crash, according to The Mercury News.

Authorities say the car pulled into a long rural dirt driveway near the intersection of Orwood Road and Bixler Road around 1pm when the Amtrak train rammed into it.

The car then careened off the road and hit another vehicle.

A child and two men were also hospitalized with serious injuries, and another person suffered from moderate injuries.

In total, a spokeswoman for BNSF Railway told the New York Times there were ‘approximately’ five people injured, though the number remains in dispute.

On Sunday, three women were killed and four others were injured when an Amtrak train slammed into a car at around 1pm in Brentwood, California. About 24 hours later, another Amtrak train derailed, this time in Missouri, and multiple injuries have been reported

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On Sunday, three women were killed and four others were injured when an Amtrak train slammed into a car at around 1pm in Brentwood, California. About 24 hours later, another Amtrak train derailed, this time in Missouri, and multiple injuries have been reported

Authorities say the car careened off the road following the impact and hit another vehicle

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Authorities say the car careened off the road following the impact and hit another vehicle

Those who who were seriously wounded were rushed to the John Muir Medical Center after the crash on Sunday afternoon, according to ABC News. One of the adults was airlifted and the child was transported by the ground, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The victims were all inside the four-door sedan when it was struck, officials say, and Battalion Chief Craig Auzenne, of the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District, told reporters at the scene that none of the 81 passenger or five crew members on board the train were injured.

In fact, he said, the train came to a stop about a quarter-mile from where the sedan slammed into an SUV.

An investigation into the crash is ongoing.

But East Contra Costa Fire Department officials say they’d already been called out to that train crossing twice last year because it does not have a traffic guard.

‘It’s a bad crossing,’ Steve Aubert, a fire marshal said, noting that trains travel at about 80mph on the tracks.

‘It’s just a recipe for disaster unfortunately.’

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spoke to CNN in a phone interview and said that those in the dining car and observation deck had the hardest time getting to safety.

Another passenger tweeted several images of the derailment, then posted that they had taken refuge at a local high school in Mendon, Missouri.

‘So thankful for the people here, safely at the Northwestern high school near Mendon,’ Dax McDonald tweeted. ‘This town pulled together to help everyone.’

 

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