Photos on social media showed an Amtrak train in Missouri, US, flipping over after being derailed by a collision with a dump truck.
According to news week, at least four people were killed on Monday, June 27, after several cars derailed on a train from Los Angeles to Chicago. The Amtrak train hit a dump truck in the afternoon at a public crossing in Mendon, Missouri. There were 243 passengers on board. Amtrak confirmed that two passengers and the driver of the truck that collided with the train were pronounced dead at the scene, while a third passenger died in hospital.
The derailment prompted several travelers to post photos of the train after the incident. While sharing images showing the train tipping over on its side, one internet user wrote, “The train I was traveling on derailed on its way to Iowa near Mendon Missouri.”
The train I was traveling on derailed on its way to Iowa near Mendon Missouri pic.twitter.com/YndSEEXkto
— Dax McDonald (@cloudmarooned) June 27, 2022
Another user also shared similar photos after the incident. “No… #Amtrak derailment somewhere in Missouri,” the user said.
— Durand (@Kadingis) June 27, 2022
From NBC News, about 150 people were injured. They were all transported to area hospitals with injuries ranging from minor to serious.
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Missouri State Highway Patrol Corporal Justin Dunn said the collision occurred at an “uncontrolled intersection”. He also shared that medical helicopters responded alongside ambulance services from multiple provinces.
The derailment comes a day after another Amtrak-operated train collided with a passenger vehicle at a railroad crossing in California, killing three. According to AFPthe crossing involved had no guards, and a local firefighter stated that it was not uncommon for accidents to occur there.