At Least Three Dead, Dozens Injured in Amtrak Train Derailment in Montana

An Amtrak passenger train derailed in a remote part of Montana on Sept. 25, killing at least three people and injuring dozens, according to officials.

Liberty County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that three people died when the train derailed near Joplin, according to ABC News.

Although officials did not specify how many were injured, Montana Governor Greg Gianforte said in a press conference that as of Sept. 26 evening, five people were hospitalized in stable condition while others who needed medical attention have been released.

In a statement, Amtrak said that eight of the 10 cars of the Empire Builder train derailed at around 4 p.m. when it was traveling from Chicago to the Pacific Northwest with around 141 passengers and 17 crew members onboard.

Amtrak also said that it has initiated its Incident Response Team and was sending its emergency personnel to help support those in need.

Amtrak further said that they sent a team on the ground to support the National Transportation Safety Board in investigating the cause of the derailment.

“We share the sense of urgency to understand why the accident happened; however, until the investigation is complete, we will not comment further on the accident itself,” Amtrak Chief Executive Bill Flynn said in a separate statement, adding that the corporation will take appropriate actions to prevent a similar incident in the future.

According to officials, the tracks where the train derailed was last inspected on Sept. 23.

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