Amtrak train derails in Missouri after hitting truck, injuries reported


Several cars on an Amtrak train derailed in Mendon, Mo., on Monday after hitting a dump truck at a railroad crossing and there were initial reports of injuries among those on board, said Amtrak in a statement.

The train was traveling east from Los Angeles to Chicago when it struck the truck, which was blocking a public crossing, at 12:42 p.m. CT.

There were about 243 passengers and 12 crew on board, Amtrak said.

Photos and videos from the scene showed passengers sitting on the side of the derailed train.

The company said local authorities were helping customers, while Amtrak activated an incident response team and sent emergency personnel to the scene to help.

An aerial view of the train which derailed after colliding with a dump truck. (Reuters)

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