A terrible train accident has happened in the US state of Missouri. An Amtrak train derailed after colliding with a dump truck in the state of Missouri on Monday. Several people have died and at least 50 have been injured due to the derailment. Giving more details on this incident, the Amtrak media center wrote on its website that the train collided with a truck, after which 8 cars and 2 locomotives derailed. According to the statement given by the company, "There were about 243 passengers and 12 crew members in the train, whose initial reports of injuries have been received."
Officials are still ascertaining the death toll
Giving more details about the incident, the company said that the local authorities are presently assisting the customers. The company further said, 'Our Incident Response Team has been activated, and we are deploying emergency personnel to the scene to help support our passengers, our employees, and their families with their needs.' Amtrak further added that those who have questions about their friends and family traveling on this train should call 800-523-9101. Additional details will be provided as available.
Governor Mike Parson expressed grief
Chariton County Ambulance Service Superintendent Eric McKenzie told CNN news channel that several people were reported killed. A spokesman for Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop B said officials were still trying to figure out the death toll. He said the train collided with a dump truck. He also said that a school has been converted into a triage center to treat those with minor injuries. Governor Mike Parson tweeted that we are in constant communication with the Missouri Department of Public Safety, Highway Patrol, and other personnel.
"We are saddened to hear of the Amtrak train derailment in Chariton County this afternoon," Parson said.