Multiple peopled were killed and at least 50 were injured after an Amtrak train that embarked from Los Angeles and was bound for Chicago was derailed Monday in Missouri, officials said.
Around 12:42 p.m., the train, with at least 243 passengers and 12 crew members onboard, struck a truck that was obstructing a public crossing near Mendon, Mo., Amtrak said. The collision derailed eight cars and two locomotives.
Amtrack initially said there were “early reports of injuries.”
At least 50 people are injured and there are “multiple fatalities” after the Amtrak crash, according to Eric McKenzie, director of the Chariton County Ambulance District, which operates near Mendon. He said he was unable to confirm the number of people who died just yet.
At least three people have been transported to the University Hospital in Columbia, said Eric Maze, a spokesperson with the University of Missouri Health Care system.
Mendon is about 84 miles northeast of Kansas City.
Photos shared to social media on Monday showed multiple overturned train cars and passengers climbing out of windows.
Among them was Dax McDonald who boarded the Southwest Chief train in Flagstaff, Ariz. Near Mendon, he was looking out the right side of the train and saw a large dump truck moving through a cloud of dust.
He recalled the train continuing to travel at a fast speed
“Then a large bang happened and the train lurched forward,” McDonald said. “Next it began tilting towards the right side before violently slamming to the ground.”
Video he posted to Twitter showed the inside of the train on its side with disheveled passengers sifting through their toppled luggage.
One passenger posted a Facebook Live video just moments after climbing out from the toppled passenger car.
The crash came only one day after another Amtrak train collided with a car in California’s East Bay, killing at least three people. In that instance, there were 85 people onboard; the train was traveling from Stockton to Martinez when the collision occurred. There were no reported injuries among the train passengers and crew, officials said.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated as additional information becomes available.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.