Three dead, 50 injured in US train derailment


Three people were killed and at least 50 others injured when an Amtrak train heading from Los Angeles to Chicago crashed into a dump truck Monday afternoon in Missouri.

Two of those killed were on the Southwest Chief train, and the other was in the truck, said Justin Dunn of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

The train, carrying at least 243 passengers and 12 crew members, struck a dump truck that was obstructing a public crossing southwest of Mendon, Missouri, officials said. The collision derailed eight cars and two locomotives.

At least 50 people were injured and there were multiple fatalities after the crash, according to Eric McKenzie, director of the Chariton County Ambulance District, which operates near Mendon. He said he was unable to confirm the number of people who had been killed.

Dozens of patients from the crash site began to stream into local hospitals, and some were airlifted in critical condition, officials said.

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