Washington: At least three people died and several injured on Saturday afternoon when an Amtrak train that runs between Seattle and Chicago derailed in north-central Montana, an official with the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office said.
Approximately 141 passengers and 16 crew members were on board when eight train carriages travelling from Chicago to Seattle – came off the tracks at around 4 pm (2200 GMT) in northern Montana. The train consisted of two locomotives and 10 cars, with seven of those cars derailing, as per reports.
“We are deeply saddened to learn local authorities are now confirming that three people have lost their lives as a result of this accident,” the firm said, adding that there were also “reported injuries” among those traveling on the train.
The Empire Builder train derailed about 4 p.m. near Joplin, a town of about 200, Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams said in a statement. The accident scene is about 150 miles (241 kilometers) north of Helena and about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the border with Canada.
The National Transportation Safety Board will send a 14-member team, including investigators and specialists in railroad signals and other disciplines, to investigate the crash, spokesman Eric Weiss said.