UPDATE: Amtrak to ‘fully support’ probe of deadly crash
(Heart of Illinois ABC) - Amtrak pledges to “fully support” federal authorities investigating the crash Monday afternoon involving a Chicago-bound passenger train in a remote part of Missouri, killing three people and injuring dozens of others.
Amtrak released a statement Monday saying it’s “deeply saddened” by the crash near Mendon, Missouri. Authorities said eight cars and two locomotives on the Los Angeles-to-Chicago Southwest Chief Train 4 derailed after the train struck a dump truck blocking a public crossing.
Amtrak said two passengers and the truck driver died. Several other passengers and crew members were hurt, Amtrak’s statement said.
The latest count from Amtrak was that there were 275 passengers and 12 crew members on board the train.
“Amtrak is working with local authorities to make sure those who are injured get medical care and everyone else receives services and transportation,” the statement said.
“We are grateful for the support from the local authorities who provided assistance and resources for our customers and employees. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has activated, and we will fully support the NTSB with its investigation,” Amtrak also said.
Amtrak’s website says the Southwest Chief makes stops in Galesburg, Princeton, Mendota and Naperville before reaching the final destination at Union Station in Chicago.
Amtrak says anyone with questions about friends or family traveling on the train can call 800-523-9101.
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