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At least three dead in Amtrak passenger train derailment in north-central Montana

Amtrak passenger train derailed near Joplin, Montana
Amtrak passenger train derailed near Joplin, Montana(Jacob Cordeiro)
Published: Sep. 25, 2021 at 8:54 PM CDT
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BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) - UPDATE (11:39 p.m.): Amtrak released the following statement: “We are deeply saddened to learn local authorities are now confirming that three people have lost their lives as a result of this accident. There are also reported injuries among the passengers and crew members travelling on the train. Amtrak is working with the local authorities to transport those who were injured to medical care, and to safely evacuate everyone else at the scene.

Our Incident Response Team has been initiated, and we are sending emergency personnel and Amtrak leadership to the scene to help support our passengers, our employees and their families with their needs. Individuals with questions about their friends and family aboard this train should call 800-523-9101.”

UPDATE (11:30 p.m.): According to a Tweet from the National Transportation Safety Board: “The NTSB is launching a go-team to investigate Saturday’s derailment of Amtrak’s Empire Builder train near Joplin, Montana. Team will be based in Great Falls, Montana.”

UPDATE (11:00 p.m.): According to the Disaster and Emergency Services Coordinator for Hill County, Mont., non-injured people in the train derailment are staging and sleeping on the floors at the nearby Chester High School and senior center. Doctors are driving into town to help provide extra medicine for those who need it.

Rescuers from six counties were responding to the scene and that as many as five hospitals were on standby to receive injured passengers. It’s still a very active scene and expected to have a heavy presence for several days.

An Amtrak train that runs between Seattle and Chicago derailed Saturday afternoon in north-central Montana.

Amtrak officials say the train derailed around 4:00 p.m. Saturday, about one mile from Joplin, Montana. Five cars derailed.

There were approximately 147 passengers and 13 crew members on board, with injuries reported.

Emergency crews are transporting injured passengers, but no word yet on the number of injuries.

The train is part of the Empire Builder line, a cross country route which passes through Minot and Williston.

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