Three were killed and at least 50 were injured The Amtrak train derailed Monday Missouri, Cpl. Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop B spokesman Justin Dunn told reporters Monday evening.
At 1:42 p.m., Amtrak said the train collided with a truck at a public crossing near the city of CT Menton.
Dunn said authorities are still trying to determine the exact number of dead. Two of those killed were on the train and the third was in the truck, Dunn told a news conference.
Eight cars and two engines left the track “after hitting a truck that was obstructing a public crossing near Menton, Missouri,” company officials said in an updated statement.
Amtrak had previously said the train had about 243 passengers and 12 crew on board.
A school has been converted into a treatment center for victims with minor injuries, he said.
Authorities said the train collided with a tipper truck.
Robert Nightingale, who was traveling in a sleeper car, said he was asleep when he heard something.
“It simply came to our notice then. It started to move, it started to play, and then it flickered, and then all of a sudden – all this dust was through my window, ”Nightingale from Davos, New Mexico, told CNN.
He said the train fell on the side where his box was.
The uninjured Nightingale could not go by herself through the dirty window, so he grabbed his backpack and climbed into the hallway. Then he went to an adjoining room, where he found a way to get out and climbed on the side of the train.
He said he and others helped some others reach the ground in front of the train. That said it looks like there are big rocks in the truck.
“It hit something important … every car had to get out,” he said.
Menton is located 100 miles northeast of Kansas City. The train was going from Los Angeles to Chicago.
Those who need immediate assistance with information about the train can call 1-800-USA-RAIL or send an SMS, Amtrak said.
This is the second accident in two days when an Amtrak train collided with a passenger vehicle. On Sunday, 85 passengers were on board A train collided with a vehicle in rural California. According to authorities, three people were killed and two were seriously injured. Authorities said all of the victims were in the vehicle.
It is a growing story and will be updated.