Multiple deaths, injuries after Amtrak train derails in Montana

multiple_deaths_2C_injuries_after_amtrak_train_derails_in_montana.jpg / At least three people killed when an Amtrak train that runs between Seattle and Chicago derailed in north-central Montana, an official with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office says. In this photo provided by Kimberly Fossen people work at the scene of an Amtrak train derailment on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, in north-central Montana. Multiple people were injured when the train that runs between Seattle and Chicago derailed Saturday, the train agency said. (AP) At least three people have died and some passengers were injured after five cars of an Amtrak train went off the rails in north-central Montana, an official at a local sheriff's office said.

The Empire Builder train derailed at 4 pm local (2200 GMT) near Joplin, a town of about 200, Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams said in a statement on Saturday.

The accident scene is about 241 kilometres (150 miles) north of Helena and about 48 kilometres (30 miles) from the border with Canada.

The train had about 147 passengers and 13 crew members onboard, Abrams said. 

It was headed for Seattle from Chicago, media said. 

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MORE: New video shows the aftermath of an Amtrak train derailment in Montana that killed at least three people, according to the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department. Officials did not say how many total were injured in the incident.

— ABC News (@ABC) September 26, 2021 'Extreme turbulence'

Megan Vandervest, a passenger on the train who was going to visit a friend in Seattle, told The New York Times that she was awakened by the derailment.

“My first thought was that we were derailing because, to be honest, I have anxiety and I had heard stories about trains derailing,” said Vandervest, who is from Minneapolis. “My second thought was that’s crazy. We wouldn’t be derailing. Like, that doesn’t happen.”

She told the Times that the car behind hers was tilted over, the one behind that was entirely tipped over, and the three cars behind that “had completely fallen off the tracks and were detached from the train.”

Speaking from the Liberty County Senior Center, where passengers were being taken, Vandervest said it felt like “extreme turbulence on a plane.”

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My mother-in-law shared these photos with me—the Empire Builder @Amtrak train they were on derailed near Havre, Montana. @AmtrakAlerts

— Jessica Arp (@newsbyjessica) September 25, 2021 Evacuating passengers

Montana's Disaster and Emergency Services coordinator told the New York Times   that more than one person had been killed and “well over 50 people had been injured”.

Amtrak was working with the local authorities to transport injured passengers and safely evacuate all other passengers, Abrams added.

Photos posted to social media showed several cars on their sides. Passengers were standing alongside the tracks, some carrying luggage.

The images showed sunny skies, and it appeared the accident occurred along a straight section of tracks.

The cause of the incident was not immediately clear.

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Amtrak cross-country train derails near town in Montana

— NBC Montana (@NBCMontana) September 26, 2021 Source: TRTWorld and agencies

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