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Amtrak Train Derailment: 3 Fatalities, More Than 50 Wounded

Train Derailment
The authorities said at least three people were killed and 50 others were injured in a derailment involving eight cars of an Empire Builder train near Joplin, Mont. (Photo: The New York Times)

Federal officials ordered a group of inquisitors from the National Transportation Safety Board (NSTB) to the scene of a derailment in Amtrak in north-central Montana that recorded three fatalities. Seven were admitted to the hospital on Sunday, according to the authorities.

The Empire Builder was headed to the west was en route to Seattle coming from Chicago. Along with 10 cars and two locomotives, it took off from the tracks at around 4 PM on Saturday near Joplin.

Train Derailment

This aerial view taken the day after the accident shows part of the Amtrak train that derailed in north-central Montana on Saturday, killing multiple people and leaving others hospitalized. (Photo: AP)

On Sunday, the passenger railroad service Amtrak was holding 141 passengers and 16 staff members when the derailment transpired. The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office stated eight cars out of the 10 cars on the Empire Builder 7/27 train derailed. Two train cars parted and glided a 30-foot embankment.

The Scene of the Incident

Trevor Fossen was the initial person on the scene of the derailment. He was on a dirt road in proximity to the lanes on Saturday. He witnessed 300-foot “a wall of dust.” According to Fossen, “I started looking at that, wondering what it was, and then I saw the train had tipped over and derailed.”

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Confirmation of Deaths

According to Amtrak in a statement, the three fatalities were confirmed courtesy of local authorities. Also, they reported wounds among the staff members and passengers. Amtrak did not abruptly issue the total of injured people. However, the disaster and emergency services coordinator for Hill County, Amanda Frickel, stated more than 50 people had obtained wounds.

According to Sarah Robbin, Liberty County emergency services coordinator, the majority of individuals riding the train were treated for their wounds. However, five who were more severely harmed were admitted to the Benefis Health System hospital in Great Falls, Montana.

The NSTB investigators are making efforts to specify the cause of the Amtrak derailment. NTSB spokesperson Eric Weiss remarked a group of 14 involved specialists and inquisitors in railroad indicators would probe into the root of the derailment involved no other trains or equipment on a BNSF Railway main track. The place of the incident is around 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the Canadian border and 150 miles northeast of Helena.

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