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At least 3 dead, 50 hurt after Amtrak train derails in Montana

Three people died after a Amtrak train derailed in Montana on Saturday.

A statement from the railway said five cars from Amtrak’s Empire Builder train 7/27 derailed near Joplin, Montana, injuring an undisclosed number of passengers.

The incident occurred around 4pm local time, the statement said. At the time, there were about 147 passengers and 13 crew members on board.




“Amtrak is working with the local authorities to transport injured passengers, and safely evacuate all other passengers,” the statement added. “Additional details will be provided as available.”

‘I HEARD STORIES ABOUT TRAINS DERAILING’

Megan Vandervest, a passenger on the train who was going to visit a friend in Seattle, told The New York Times that she was awakened by the derailment.

“My first thought was that we were derailing because, to be honest, I have anxiety and I had heard stories about trains derailing,” said Vandervest, who is from Minneapolis. “My second thought was that’s crazy. We wouldn’t be derailing. Like, that doesn’t happen.”



She told the Times that the car behind hers was tilted over, the one behind that was entirely tipped over, and the three cars behind that “had completely fallen off the tracks and were detached from the train.”

The Empire Builder travels between Chicago-St.Paul/Minneapolis-Spokane-Portland/Seattle, according to Amtrak’s website, and offers passengers a chance to “experience the rugged splendor of the American West.

“Traveling between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest along major portions of the Lewis and Clark Trail, the mighty Empire Builder takes you on an exciting adventure through majestic wilderness, following in the footsteps of early pioneers,” the website adds.