The Amtrak train was going from Chicago to Seattle, where three people were killed, many injured when it derailed near Joplin, Montana.
The incident occurred on Saturday, September 25, 2021. There were five cars on the train, Empire Builder 7/27, derailed at about 4 p.m. local time near Joplin, according to Amtrak.
The three deaths were confirmed by the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department. Officials did not say how many total were injured.
There were approximately 147 passengers and 13 crew members onboard the train, Amtrak said. The train was traveling from Chicago to Seattle.
New York Times reported of a passenger who said, “My first thought was that we were derailing because, to be honest, I have anxiety and I had heard stories about trains derailing,” said Vandervest, who is from Minneapolis. “My second thought was that’s crazy. We wouldn’t be derailing. Like, that doesn’t happen.”
She said that the car behind hers was tilted over, the one behind that was entirely tipped over, and the three cars behind that “had completely fallen off the tracks and were detached from the train.”
Speaking from the Liberty County Senior Center, where passengers were being taken, she said it felt like “extreme turbulence on a plane.”
Amtrak was working with the local authorities to transport injured passengers and safely evacuate all other passengers, an official said.
Photos posted to social media showed several cars on their sides. Passengers were standing alongside the tracks, some carrying luggage.
The images showed bright clear skies, and it appeared the accident occurred along a straight section of tracks. It was not immediately clear what caused the derailment.
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