Amtrak train collides with dump truck and derails in Missouri


A passenger train derailed Monday afternoon in Missouri and initial reports are that some people on board were injured, Amtrak said.

MENDON, Mo. (AP) – A passenger train traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago derailed Monday in Missouri after hitting a dump truck blocking a public crossing, Amtrak said.

Some people on board were injured, but it was not immediately clear how many, according to Amtrak and local officials.

The Southwest Chief was carrying about 243 passengers and 12 crew when the collision occurred near Mendon at 1:42 p.m., Amtrak said. Eight cars and two locomotives derailed.

Helicopter video shown by KMBC-TV in Kansas City from the scene showed train cars on their sides as emergency services used ladders to climb into one of them. The video also showed six medical helicopters parked nearby to transport patients.

Three passengers have been taken to Columbia University Hospital, hospital spokesman Eric Maze said. He had no information about their condition.

Passengers on the train included high school students from Pleasant Ridge High School in Easton, Kansas, who were on their way to a Future Business Leaders of America conference in Chicago, Superintendent Tim Beying told The Kansas City Star.

It takes the Southwest Chief about two days to travel from Los Angeles to Chicago. Mendon, with a population of about 160, is located about 85 miles northeast of Kansas City.

This story has been corrected to show that the train was traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago.

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