At least 3 killed in Amtrak derailment in Montana – The Denver Post – Denver, Colorado

Denver, Colorado 2021-09-26 00:52:24 –

Joplin, Mon. (AP) — At least three people were killed when an Amtrak train running between Seattle and Chicago derailed in north-central Montana on Saturday afternoon, an official at the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office said.

Dispatcher starter Tyler told The Associated Press that three people had died from the derailment. She didn’t have any further details. Amtrak said in a statement that there were multiple injuries.

Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams said in a statement that the westbound Empire Builder train derailed near about 200 towns, Joplin, around 4 pm. The accident site is about 150 miles (241 kilometers) north of Helena and about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the Canadian border.

According to Abrams, the train had about 141 passengers and 16 crew members.

He said the train consisted of two locomotives and ten cars, seven of which were derailed.

A train passenger, Megan Vandervest, who was about to visit a friend in Seattle, told the New York Times that he was awakened by a derailment.

“To be honest, I was worried and heard that the train was derailing, so I first thought it was derailing,” said Vandervest from Minneapolis. “My second idea was that it was crazy. We never derail. It’s just like it doesn’t happen.”

She told the Times that the car behind was tilted, the car behind was completely overturned, and the three cars behind were “completely dropped off the railroad tracks and separated from the train.”

Speaking from the Liberty County Senior Center where the passengers were taken, Vandervest said it felt like “extreme turbulence in an airplane.”

Amtrak was working with local governments to transport injured passengers and safely evacuate all other passengers, Abrams added.

“We are deeply saddened to learn that the local government has confirmed that three people have died as a result of this accident,” he said.

The National Transportation Safety Board will send a team of 14 members, including investigators and experts in railroad signals and other areas, to investigate the conflict, spokesman Eric Weiss said.

Five Amtrak cars derailed at around 3:55 pm during mountain summer time, with no other trains or equipment involved, Weiss said. At that time, he said the train was running on the main line of BNSF Railway.

Photos posted on social media showed some cars on their side. Passengers were standing beside the railroad tracks, and some carried luggage.

The image shows a clear sky, and the accident appeared to have occurred along the straight section of the railroad track.

Amtrak said Sunday’s westbound Empire Builder trains would end in Minneapolis and Sunday’s eastbound Empire Builder trains would depart in Minneapolis due to the derailment.

Other recent Amtrak derailments include:

— April 3, 2016: Two maintenance workers were attacked and killed on an Amtrak train over 100 mph in Chester, Pennsylvania. The leading engine of the train derailed.

— March 14, 2016: An Amtrak train from Los Angeles to Chicago derailed in southwestern Kansas, leaving five cars off the railroad tracks and injuring at least 32 people. Investigators concluded that a cattle feed truck collided with the truck and moved it at least one foot before the derailment.

— October 5, 2015: A passenger train from Vermont to Washington, DC derailed when it hit a rock that fell from a shelf onto a railroad track. Locomotives and passenger cars spilled from the embankment, three other cars derailed, and seven were injured.

— May 12, 2015: Amtrak Train 188 entered a sharp curve in Philadelphia and derailed, driving at twice the speed limit of 50 mph. Eight people were killed and more than 200 were injured when four of the seven locomotive and train passenger cars jumped over the railroad tracks. Several cars have fallen and fall apart.


The Associated Press Tom Krisher contributed to this report.

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