The authorities did not want to talk about the number of injured or the extent of their injuries.
Eight cars from Amtrak’s 7/27 Empire Builder westbound train from Chicago to Seattle / Portland derailed near Joplin, MT at around 4 p.m. local time, injuring an undisclosed number of passengers, Amtrak said in a statement . The train consisted of two locomotives and 10 cars.
There were around 141 passengers and 16 crew on board, Amtrak said in a further statement on Sunday, clarifying previous figures provided.
“We are deeply saddened to learn that local authorities now confirm that three people have died as a result of this accident. Injuries have also been reported among passengers and crew traveling on the train. Amtrak is working with local authorities to transport those who were injured to medical treatment and safely evacuate all others at the scene, âthe statement said.
Amtrak has activated an incident response team and “is sending emergency personnel and Amtrak leaders to the scene to help our passengers, employees and their families meet their needs,” the statement said. .
People with questions about their friends and family on the train should call 800-523-9101, the railroad said.
“Traveling between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest along large portions of the Lewis and Clark Trail, the mighty Empire Builder takes you on a thrilling adventure through majestic wilderness, following in the footsteps of early settlers,” adds the website.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.