Amtrak train crash: Boy Scout troops help fellow passengers after deadly derailment in Missouri

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Two Boy Scout troops who were on a Chicago-bound Amtrak train that derailed after hitting a dump truck in Missouri, helped other passengers to safety and provided first aid, Fox has learned News.

Immediately after the derailment, the two groups of scouts broke windows and helped pull people out of the cars. They also used their advanced first aid training to help injured passengers before first responders arrived at the crash site.

In this photo provided by Dax McDonald, an Amtrak passenger train lies on its side after derailing near Mendon, Mo., Monday, June 27, 2022.
(Dax McDonald via AP)

One of the scouts, a 15-year-old boy, located the driver of the dump truck and helped him before the driver died from his injuries.

The driver was thrown from his vehicle in the accident and was lying in a nearby ditch when the scout administered first aid and tried to stabilize him.

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The 15-year-old then comforted him until the driver died.

Two of the group’s leaders were injured in the derailment and were later taken to hospital for medical treatment. Their injuries included broken bones, broken ribs and a punctured lung.

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Two troops (Troop 73 and Troop 12) consisting of 16 boys (ages 13-17) and 8 leaders were on board the Chicago-bound Amtrak train that derailed in Missouri on June 27, 2022. The scouts helped other passengers and provided first aid to those who were injured.  (Scouts/Fox News)

Two troops (Troop 73 and Troop 12) consisting of 16 boys (ages 13-17) and 8 leaders were on board the Chicago-bound Amtrak train that derailed in Missouri on June 27, 2022. The scouts helped other passengers and provided first aid to those who were injured. (Scouts/Fox News)
(Scouts/Fox News)

One of the boys was also injured and may spend the night in hospital. The extent of his injuries was not immediately known.

In total, the two scout troops (Troop 73 and Troop 12) consisted of 16 boys (aged 13 to 17) and eight leaders. They were home in Appleton, Wis., after an intense week-long backpacking trip in New Mexico.

At least three people were killed and 50 people were injured when the train derailed, officials said. The deceased included two people on the train and the driver of the dump truck.

Two troops (Troop 73 and Troop 12) consisting of 16 boys (ages 13-17) and 8 leaders were on board the Chicago-bound Amtrak train that derailed in Missouri on June 27, 2022. The scouts helped other passengers and provided first aid to those who were injured.

Two troops (Troop 73 and Troop 12) consisting of 16 boys (ages 13-17) and 8 leaders were on board the Chicago-bound Amtrak train that derailed in Missouri on June 27, 2022. The scouts helped other passengers and provided first aid to those who were injured.
(Scouts/Fox News)

Several victims were airlifted to hospitals by helicopter or transported by ambulance by local first responders.

The Amtrak Southwest Chief train was carrying 243 passengers and 12 crew at the time of the sinking, Amtrak officials said.

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Workers inspect the scene of an Amtrak train that derailed after hitting a dump truck Monday, June 27, 2022, near Mendon, Mo.

Workers inspect the scene of an Amtrak train that derailed after hitting a dump truck Monday, June 27, 2022, near Mendon, Mo.
(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

The incident happened a day after another Amtrak train, carrying 80 people, hit a car in northern California. At least three people were killed, officials said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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