Train carrying 243 passengers derails near Kansas City, Missouri
Three people have been killed and at least 50 injured when an Amtrak train carrying 275 people derailed after hitting a dump truck in Kansas City, Missouri on Monday.
Lt Eric Brown of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said in a press conference that at least three people had died, two of whom were on the train and one of whom was in the truck.
The Southwest Chief Train 4 was on its way from Los Angeles to Chicago when it struck a dump truck. The force of the accident caused the train to derail in the town of Mendon around 12:42pm on Monday, according to Amtrak.
“There were approximately 275 passengers and 12 crew members onboard,” Amtrak said in a statement.
It said that the company is “deeply saddened” to learn about the deaths of three people, two passengers and the truck driver.
The incident is the second in two days for Amtrak trains. On Sunday, three people were killed and two others suffered severe injuries after a train carrying 85 passengers hit a vehicle in rural California.
What we know so far
Here’s what we know at midnight Missouri time.
- At least three people are dead and 50 have been injured, including 13 who were taken to hospital.
- The Amtrak train hit a dump truck that was crossing the rails, at a place where officials believe there were no warning lights or electronically controlled gates.
- The train was a Southwest Chief service making a two-day trip from Los Angeles to Chicago, derailing at about 1:42pm local time on Monday.
- Eight passenger carriages and two locomotives were derailed, most of them flipping onto their side so that passengers had to climb out upwards through the doors.
- The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is sending a team to investigate the incident and has requested camera footage and other data from Amtrak, but the cause of the tragedy is not known.
- One passenger, Dax McDonald, said he remembered seeing two trucks approaching the rails just before the accident, and thinking to himself “this guy better slow down”.
Io Dodds28 June 2022 06:00
Pelosi and other officials react to derailment
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tweeted on Monday to express grievance over the horrific train derailment in Missouri.
“My heart goes out to all those affected by today’s horrific train derailment in Missouri,” she said. “While there are no words that can console those grieving lost loved ones, may it bring them comfort that so many Americans pray for them on this tragic day.”
Chuy García, a Congressman who represents a part of Chicago, said his thoughts were “with the families of the passengers who lost their lives, and those injured.”
Shweta Sharma28 June 2022 05:30
NTSB investigators say trains won’t run on track for days
National Transportation Safety Board Chairwoman Jennifer Homendy said trains won’t be able to run on the track for “a matter of days” while the investigators gather evidence.
She said it was too early to speculate on why the truck was on the tracks.
Shweta Sharma28 June 2022 05:10
‘I thought, that guy had better slow down’
Dax McDonaldthe software engineer from Phoenix, Arizona who survived the derailment, told the washington post more details about his experience.
He said he had been traveling from Flagstaff, Arizona to Iowa with his mother and two sisters to meet up with other family for the Fourth of July.
The trio had decided to take a train rather than a plane due to the soaring cost of fuel. They were riding in the second last carriage when everyone was jolted forward with a loud bang.
“The real insanity happened a second after that. You could see it start to tip… I basically looked over to see [my two sisters] careening toward me,” he said. His mother had been in the bathroom and had to climb on suitcases to escape.
Afterwards the carriage was full of broken glass and gravel. One woman hit her head and had a seizure, requiring help from Mr McDonald and others. Then they began to clamber out of the windows, now facing upwards.
Mr McDonald also shed some light on the circumstances of the derailment, saying that he saw two trucks through the train’s windows approaching the rails. “This guy had better slow down,” he thought about one of them.
Io DoddsJune 28, 2022 05:06
Missouri state highway patrol says investigation in preliminary stages
The Missouri state highway patrol said in a detailed statement that first responders started to arrive at approximately 1.02pm.
“Preliminary investigation indicates an Amtrak passenger train traveling to Chicago, Illinois, struck a dump truck at the railroad crossing on Porche Prairie Avenue,” it said.
“The train had approximately 8 cars, including a baggage car. Seven cars have derailed. There are multiple injuries and we can confirm there are 3 fatalities 2 on the train and 1 in the dump truck.”
“Staff are currently working to secure the scene. The train had approximately 207 passengers and crew members. All injured and uninjured occupants of the train have been transported from the scene,” it added.
Shweta Sharma28 June 2022 04:50
Hero teacher on first ever Amtrak trip helps rescue passengers in Missouri derailment
Jason Drinkard, who was traveling with his students and his wife to Chicago in the train that derailed, tells The Independent‘s Josh Marcus that it was chaos as people “were bleeding and were banged up”.
“My kids were super stoked about this,” he said. “As they got closer and closer, you could feel the excitement building. We were talking about what restaurants we were gonna go to, what sights we were going to see.”
“I looked out the left window and you just see this cloud of brown dust,” he said. “The next thing you know, you feel the car start tipping. Once it went over, it was one of those, you think, I can’t believe this is actually happening. For me everything was just in slow motion until it came to a rest.”
Shweta Sharma28 June 2022 04:31
‘Looks like we’re gonna be late to Chicago’
ABC News has released video footage shared by a person involved in the crash, showing passengers sitting on top of the fallen train.
“Well, looks like we’re gonna be late to Chicago,” says the person filming the video, appearing breathless and possibly distraught. “We hit a truck. Someone was crossing the tracks.”
Io DoddsJune 28, 2022 04:01
Kansas City mayor makes statement
Quinton Lucas, the Mayor of Kansas Cityhas addressed the tragedy on Twitter.
“Having relied on Amtrak to cross our state throughout my college years and long after, I remember the ride well.
“My heart goes out to the passengers and all impacted by today’s event, and I extend my thanks to those responding to today’s derailment on the scene and at the hospital.”
Io DoddsJune 28, 2022 02:55
Investigators request camera and speed data from Amtrak
Tea National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has said it will send a 16-member “go team” to investigate the derailment in person, expected to arrive at the scene tomorrow.
In a news conference this evening, NTSB chairwoman Jennifer Homendy, who will be part of the team, said the agency is requesting speed data from along the route and on-board recorder logs and camera footage from the train.
“With the team, we’ll have specialists from mechanical, from signal systems from operations and survival factors,” she said. “We’ll have a highway person, a drone operator, and some team members from NTSB’s Office of Transportation Disaster Assistance to work with survivors and families of those who were involved in the derailment.”
The NTSB is a federal agency that investigates transport accidents, and has probed previous Amtrak derailments in Montana in 2021 and Washington state in 2019.
Those reports don’t always shed much light. In the 2021 accident, the NTSB concluded that the train was equipped with an automatic braking system that was properly switched on, but offered no clues on what exactly caused the tragedy.
Io DoddsJune 28, 2022 01:49
At least 13 victims in hospital
At least 13 of the injured victims have been taken to hospitalaccording to ABC News.
Hendrick Medical Center in Chillicothe, Missouri, said that he had accepted four patients from the scene, while the University of Missouri Health Care hospital in Columbia said that he was treating nine patients as of around 4pm local time.
Io DoddsJune 28, 2022 00:52