Amtrak train from L.A. to Chicago derails in Missouri, injuring passengers

Several people were killed and at least 50 injured after an Amtrak train traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago derailed in Missouri on Monday, officials said.

Around 12:42 p.m., the train, with at least 243 passengers and 12 crew members aboard, drove into a truck that was blocking a public crossing near Mendon, Missouri, Amtrak said. Eight cars and two locomotives derailed in the collision.

Amtrack initially said there were “early reports of injuries.”

At least 50 people were injured and there were “multiple deaths” in the wake of the Amtrak accident, according to Eric McKenzie, director of the Chariton County Ambulance District, which operates near Mendon. He said he could not yet confirm the death toll.

At least three people were transported to Columbia University Hospital, said Eric Maze, a spokesman for the University of Missouri Health System.

Mendon is about 84 miles northeast of Kansas City.

photos shared on social media on Monday showed several overturned train cars and passengers climbing out of windows.

Debris lies near railroad tracks after an Amtrak passenger train derailed near Mendon, Mo.

Debris lies near railroad tracks after an Amtrak passenger train derailed near Mendon, Mo.

(Dax McDonald/Associated Press)

Among them was Dax McDonald, who boarded the Southwest Chief train in Flagstaff, Arizona. Near Mendon, he looked to the right of the train and saw a large dump truck moving through a cloud of dust.

He recalled that the train continued at high speed

“Then there was a big bang and the train went forward,” McDonald said. “Next, it began to tip to the right before hitting the ground violently.”

The video, which he posted to Twitter, showed the inside of the train on the side, with disheveled passengers searching through their overturned luggage.

A passenger posted a Facebook Live video just moments after getting out of the overturned passenger car.

The accident came just a day after another Amtrak train collided with a car in California’s East Bay, killing at least three people. In this case, 85 people were on board; The train was traveling from Stockton to Martinez when the collision occurred. There were no reported injuries among train passengers and crew, officials said.

This is breaking news and will be updated as more information becomes available.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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