(Reuters) – A number of automobiles on an Amtrak practice derailed in northern Missouri on Monday after hitting a dump truck at a crossing, with experiences of accidents amongst its roughly 243 passengers, the U.S. nationwide passenger railroad service mentioned in a press release.
The practice hit the automobile at a public crossing in Mendon, Missouri, at 1:42 p.m. because it was touring from Los Angeles to Chicago, Amtrak mentioned.
Three sufferers had been being taken to a College of Missouri Well being Care hospital in Columbia, Missouri, about 90 miles away, a hospital spokesman mentioned.
The federal Nationwide Transportation Security Board mentioned it was gathering info on the incident.
Eight air ambulances responded and authorities had been treating it as a mass casualty incident, a Washington Submit reporter wrote on Twitter (NYSE:).
“We ask Missourians to affix us in praying for all these impacted,” Missouri Governor Mike Parson mentioned on Twitter.
A passenger on the practice, Robert Nightingale, informed CNN that each one the automobiles “had been knocked over, besides the primary engine.”
He mentioned he had been dozing off in his automotive when the practice derailed.
“I might really feel the tracks trip, forwards and backwards, after which it began to go, to tumble on my aspect of the street,” he mentioned.
Nightingale mentioned he and others had been at an area college.
“There have been ambulances throughout, they had been bringing stretchers to the practice, and now there are stretchers right here on the college,” he mentioned.
An Amtrak passenger practice derailed in north central Montana in September. Three folks had been killed.