Three killed after Amtrak passenger train hits dump truck

The Chicago-bound train had approximately 207 passengers and crew members.

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Ambulances from eight different counties responded with each agency transporting multiple victims to hospitals.

Three people have died after a passenger train struck a dump truck in the US state of Missouri.

The eight-car Amtrak service to Chicago was derailed with multiple people injured and two onboard killed. One person in the truck has died.

The train had approximately 207 passengers and crew members.

At around 12.43pm on Monday, the Chariton County 911 Center received an ermegncy call of a vehicle struck by a train on Porche Prairie Avenue in Chariton County, southwest of Mendon, Missouri.

At around 1.02pm, first responders began to arrive on scene.

Ambulances from eight different counties responded with each agency transporting multiple victims to hospitals.

A Missouri State Highway Patrol statement said: “Preliminary investigation indicates an Amtrak passenger train traveling to Chicago, Illinois, struck a dump truck at the railroad crossing on Porche Prairie Avenue.

“The train had approximately eight cars, including a baggage car. Seven cars have derailed. There are multiple injuries and we can confirm there are three fatalities — two on the train and one in the dump truck.

“Personnel are currently working to secure the scene. The train had approximately 207 passengers and crew members.

“All injured and uninjured occupants of the train have been transported from the scene.

“Agencies involved include the Chariton County, Linn County, Macon County, Randolph County Sheriff’s Offices, Brookfield and Macon Police Departments, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri State Park Rangers, Missouri State Fire Marshals, and State Emergency Management Agency.

“Ambulances from Chariton, Linn, Randolph, Livingston, Macon, Howard, Carroll and Caldwell Counties as well as medical helicopters from multiple service providers responded to the scene. Each agency transported multiple victims to area hospitals.

“Officials from Amtrak are responding to the scene and the NTSB has been advised.”