MENDON, Mo. — Three people have died and at least 50 injured after an Amtrak Southwest Chief train hit a dump truck at a public crossing and derailed near Mendon, north of Marshall.
The derailment happened about 100 miles northeast of Kansas City, or about two hours by car. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said eight cars were affected; seven derailed.
Amtrak train crash victims
The Missouri State Highway Patrol said three people were killed in the crash; two were on the train and another was on the dump truck.
The Chariton County ambulance service confirmed to FOX4 that at least 50 were injured. MSHP could not confirm the number of people injured.
Amtrak said there were 243 passengers on the train and 12 crew members at the time. All passengers have been transported from the scene, according to the highway patrol.
A spokesperson from MU Health Care confirmed nine patients were taken by ambulance and helicopter to their hospital. The hospital could not comment on the status of their injuries. FOX4 is working to determine the status of other injured travelers.
A number of people with injuries were bussed to a nearby high school for treatment.
Family members who are looking for updates about loved ones traveling on the train can call Amtrak at 800-523-9101.
Train crash photos, videos
Pictures and video of the scene show passengers sitting on the side of multiple overturned train cars.
A video from Rob Nightingale via Storyful, seen at the top of this story, shows the chaos after the train derailed.
FOX4 video and photos show dozens of emergency crews responding to the area.
The train left Kansas City in route to Chicago on Monday afternoon. In full, the Southwest Chief route runs from Los Angeles to Chicago.
Video from Dax McDonald via Storyful, seen below, shows passengers standing in a train car after the derailment. Photos from McDonald show passengers standing outside the derailed train.
Emergency responders also called for a mass casualty trailer and all local emergency services from surrounding areas to report to the crash scene, according to dispatch audio shared on Broadcastify.
The highway patrol said this is an uncontrolled railroad crossing on a gravel road, meaning there are no arms or lights.
The National Transportation Safety Board has been notified, MSHP said. The investigation is in the preliminary stages, according to officials.
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson had just learned about the derailment when he make an appearance at an event in Kansas City on Monday afternoon.
“It’s a terrible situation, I do know that several cars have been derailed. We do believe there could be some fatalities, but again it’s way early on,” Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said. “It’s very unfortunate any time you have a derailment of a train and multiple cars, it’s not a good day.”
This is a developing story; check back with FOX4 for updates.
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