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At least three people were killed and around 50 people were reportedly injured after several carriages of a passenger train derailed between Los Angeles and Chicago.
The Amtrak Southwest Chief train was carrying about 207 passengers and about 14 crew members when it collided with a truck at an “uncontrolled” level crossing in Mendon, Missouri, a spokesperson said. road patrol.
Amrak said there were around 243 passengers and 12 crew on board.
Two people on the train died as well as one person in the truck.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol said there were also several injuries, but did not say how many.
The train had eight cars, seven of which derailed.
All passengers and crew were evacuated from the scene.
The collision happened at a rural intersection on a gravel road with no crossing barrier, patrol spokesman Corporal Justin Dunn said.
Uncontrolled level crossings are generally those without gates or red lights.
A 911 call about the crash was made at 12:43 a.m. and emergency first responders arrived within 20 minutes, he said.
Nearly 20 local and state law enforcement agencies, ambulance services, fire and medical services took part in the rescue operation, he added.
Amtrak said earlier that its incident response team has been activated and emergency personnel are dispatched to the site to “help support our passengers, employees and their families with their needs.”
The passengers on the train included 16 youths and eight adults from two Boy Scout troops returning home to Appleton, Wisconsin from a trip to the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.
But no one in the group was seriously injured, said Boy Scouts of America spokesman Scott Armstrong.
Scouts administered first aid to several injured passengers, including the truck driver, he added.
Dax McDonald was on the train and his photos, shared with Sky News, show several carriages on their sides with escaped passengers standing on top.
Mendon is approximately 84 miles northeast of Kansas City in the central United States.
The passengers were taken from the scene to Columbia University Hospital, hospital spokesman Eric Maze said.
There is no detailed information about their conditions.
Missouri Highway Patrol and other local law enforcement units are on scene to assist.
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