Missouri officials have declared a ‘major fatality event’ after an Amtrak train collided with a dump truck at a public railroad crossing and reversed.
The Southwest Chief Train 4, which was traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago, collided with the truck obstructing the public crossing and came off the tracks at Mendon in Missouri at 12.42pm CT Monday, Amtrak confirmed to DailyMail.com.
Eight train cars and two locomotives (with the train engines) derailed after colliding with a truck.
There were ‘first reports of injuries’, Amtrak said in a statement, adding that there were 243 passengers and 12 crew members on board at the time of the accident.
Shocking photos taken in the immediate aftermath show a female passenger being rescued from a broken window while others were seen on top of inverted cars.
Local emergency services have responded on the scene.
Missouri officials have declared a ‘major fatality event’ after an Amtrak train collided with a dump truck at a public railroad crossing and vice versa
The Southwest Chief Train 4, which was traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago, collided with the truck that was obstructing the public crossing and came off the tracks at Mendon in Missouri at 12:42 CT Monday
Survivors of an Amtrak accident in Missouri shared a photo of themselves on top of the reverse train
A broken truck axle was broken off in the tow near the track
The Amtrak train was traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago when it collided with a dump truck at a public intersection in Mendon, Missouri and derailed. Mendon is located about 100 miles northeast of Kansas City, Missouri
Rob Nightengale, one of the train passengers, went live on Facebook shortly after the accident that left at least eight of the train cars on the side.
In the video, the world of the train passengers is turned upside down and they are seen trying to push themselves awkwardly against the side of the inverted train car while trying to avoid stepping on the glass of the stabbed the route.
Nightengale spoke to CNN in a telephone interview and said those in the dining car and observation deck had the hardest time getting to safety.
Another passenger tweeted several images of the derailment, then posted that they had taken refuge at a local high school in Mendon, Missouri.
“So grateful to the people here, safe at Northwestern High School near Mendon,” Dax McDonald tweeted. “This city came together to help everyone.”
Rob Nightengale, one of the train passengers, went live on Facebook, showing the aftermath of the accident when the passengers pushed themselves awkwardly against the side of the inverted train car, preventing them from stepping on glass
One passenger they took to a local high school in Mendon, Missouri, wrote: ‘So thankful to the people here, safe at Northwestern High School near Mendon. This city has come together to help everyone ‘
Journalist Nylah Burton, who was on a separate Amtrak train to leave Albuquerque, says she was informed of the possible deaths and injuries by a staff member who came into her car to announce a delay caused by the incident .
She tweeted: ‘A @Amtrak train has just derailed in Kansas City (there are probably dead, but they do not know all the details) so I’m stuck in Albuquerque last night because the train can not continue.’
A Twitter user named Durand shared the shocking snaps, saying, ‘Oh no .. #Amtrak derailment somewhere in #Missouri.’
Amtrak confirmed to DailyMail.com that multiple injuries were reported but no additional details were released.
Amtrak tweeted that the Southwest Chief Train 3, which was scheduled to leave Chicago, has been canceled. Amtrak asks passengers to contact 1-800-USA-RAIL for further assistance.
Mendon is located about 100 miles northeast of Kansas City, Missouri.
Passengers stand on top of a derailed Amtrak train after it collided with a dump truck at a public intersection in Missouri on Monday afternoon
The derailment comes one day after another Amtrak train collided with a car on Sunday afternoon at a crossing in Brentwood, California, killing three women and injuring several others.
Three women, all over the age of 50, were pronounced dead at the scene in Sunday’s crash, according to The Mercury News.
Authorities say the car pulled into a long nationwide dirt driveway near 1 p.m. near the intersection of Orwood Road and Bixler Road when the Amtrak train crashed into it.
The car then veered off the road and hit another car.
A child and two men were also admitted to hospital with serious injuries, and another person sustained moderate injuries.
In total, a spokeswoman for BNSF Railway told the New York Times there are ‘approximately’ five people injured, although the number remains under discussion.
On Sunday, three women were killed and four others injured when an Amtrak train crashed into a car in Brentwood, California at 1 p.m. About 24 hours later, another Amtrak train derailed, this time in Missouri, and several injuries were reported.
Authorities say the car hit the road after the collision and hit another car
Those seriously injured were taken to John Muir Medical Center after the crash on Sunday afternoon, according to ABC News. One of the adults was airlifted and the child was transported by the ground, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The victims were all inside the four-door sedan when it was struck, officials say, and battalion Chief Craig Auzenne, of the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District, told reporters at the scene that none of the 81 passengers or five crew members on board the train was injured.
In fact, he said, the train came about a quarter of a mile from where the sedan came to stand against an SUV.
An investigation is underway into the accident.
But officials from East Contra Costa Fire Department say they were called twice last year to that train crossing because it has no traffic guard.
“It’s a bad intersection,” said Steve Aubert, a firefighter, noting that trains travel about 80 mph on the tracks.
“It’s unfortunately just a recipe for disaster.”
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