MENDON, Mo. — Cellphone video and photos showed the aftermath of a fatal Amtrak train derailment in a remote, rural area of northern Missouri.
Three people died and at least 50 were injured Monday when the Los Angeles-Chicago train hit a dump truck and derailed. The Southwest Chief was carrying about 243 passengers and 12 crew members when the collision occurred near Mendon at an intersection on a gravel road with no crossing arms, officials said.
Two of the dead were on the train and one was in the dump truck, said Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman Cpl. said Justin Dunn.
Footage from the scene shows passengers standing on overturned Amtrak cars.
Nearly 20 local and state law enforcement agencies, emergency medical services, fire departments and helicopter medical services responded. Dunn said first responders arrived within 20 minutes of receiving a 911 call.
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson had just learned of the derailment while appearing at an event in Kansas City on Monday afternoon.
“It’s a terrible situation. I know several cars derailed,” Parson said. “It’s very unfortunate when a train and several wagons derail, it’s not a good day.”
Some of the passengers on board were 16 youth and eight adults from two Boy Scout troopers who were traveling home to Appleton, Wisconsin, after an outback trip at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. No one in the group was seriously injured, said Scott Armstrong, Boy Scouts of America’s director of national media relations. The scouts provided first aid to several injured passengers, including the dump truck driver, Armstrong said.
High school students from Pleasant Ridge High School in Easton, Kansas, who were en route to a Future Business Leaders of America conference in Chicago, were also on board, Superintendent Tim Beying told The Star.
The Southwest Chief takes about two days to travel from Los Angeles to Chicago. Mendon, with a population of approximately 160, is located approximately 84 miles (135 kilometers) northeast of Kansas City.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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