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Missouri Amtrak derailment: train with 243 passengers runs off track; reported injuries

A cross-country Amtrak train hit a dump truck in Missouri on Monday, derailing multiple cars and injuring passengers, the railroad said.

The train was traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago when it hit the construction vehicle at a level crossing in Mendon, Mo., at 1:42 p.m., Amtrak spokeswoman Kimberly Woods said. About 243 passengers were on the train.

Woods said she did not know how many passengers were injured or the extent of the injuries. The crash happened about 100 miles northeast of Kansas City, Mo.

“Local authorities are currently assisting customers and we have deployed Amtrak resources to assist them,” Woods said in a statement.

Eight medical transport helicopters responded to the scene, said Matt Daugherty, director of business development at Lifeflight Eagle Air Ambulance, based in Kansas City, Mo. He said the helicopters were transporting patients to trauma centers in Kansas City and Columbia, Mo.

“They have a massive casualty response plan in place,” Daugherty said.

A fire department dispatcher near Salisbury, Mo., said agencies from four counties responded to the scene.

The derailment comes less than a year after an Amtrak train ran off the tracks in rural Montana in an incident that killed three people and injured 44 others.

The Empire Builder train traveling from Chicago to Seattle derailed on September 25. Eight of the 10 cars — with 154 people on board — derailed around 4 p.m. local time near Joplin, about 200 miles north of Helena, Mt.

This incident happened less than four years after an Amtrak derailment in Washington state that killed three passengers and injured 65 others.