At least three dead, dozens injured after Amtrak train derails in Missouri
The train was going from Los Angeles to Chicago with more than 250 people aboard
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At least three people are dead and scores more are injured after an Amtrak train derailed in Missouri on Monday, State Highway Patrol Cpl. Justin Dunn said at a press conference.
Train 4 was carrying around 243 passengers and 12 crew members from Los Angelos to Chicago, but the train's eight cars and two locomotives derailed after hitting a dump truck at a crossing in Mendon shortly after 1:30 pm, Amtrak stated in a press release.
Two people who died were in the train and one person was killed inside of the truck, Dunn said. Dozens of injured people were taken to hospitals in the area.
Videos from local outlet KAKE show passengers climbing out of the overturned train.
Some passengers took to sitting on the train, which is completely surrounded by cornfields.
Mendon, which has a population of about 160, is located about less than two hours away from Kansas City.
Authorities are taking three people to University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri, about an hour and a half away, a hospital spokesperson told CNN. The victims' conditions are unknown.
Amtrak promised to provide more details soon.
The incident comes one day after an Amtrak train hit a car in California, killing three people, according to the local NBC affiliate.
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