At 12:42 a.m. Monday, a train traveling eastbound to Chicago crashed into a dump truck at a crossroads near the town of Menton in north-central Missouri, Amtrak said. The company said eight cars and two engines of the train left the track.
In addition, the MSHP said about 150 people had been taken from the scene to local hospitals “for treatment of injuries ranging from minor to serious in nature”. A director of the district ambulance service had previously said at least 50 people were injured.
Amtrak said in a statement that about 275 passengers and 12 crew were on board at the time of the crash.
“We began to feel the train leaning to the right. That’s when it dawned on me whether it was life or death. It was very serious,” Docs McDonald, who was on the train with his sister Samantha, told CNN. New day. ”
Their train car leaned and lay on its side. Samantha McDonald said she looked straight ahead and saw windows that gave her the only chance to escape.
“We had to climb 10 feet straight to the escape windows,” he said. “I was able to lift myself up and then the other passengers who came out in front of us from the other train compartments were able to help lift me and our family,” he said. “It’s totally crazy.”
NTSB investigators arrived at the scene on Tuesday. Chairman Jennifer Homondi told reporters that she was trying to gather data such as the speed of the train. The speed limit in the area for trains is 90 mph.
The train has two cameras facing forward and investigators download data from the train’s event recorder to see if the truck’s electronic control module was damaged in the collision, Homandi said.
Amtrak officials expressed “deep regret” over the loss of life and injuries in a statement Monday night.
“Amtrak is working with local authorities to ensure that the injured receive medical care and that everyone else has access to services and transportation. We are grateful for the support of local authorities in providing assistance and resources to our customers and staff,” the statement said. .
On Sunday, Sebastian Guerrelo, head of the Birmingham Fire and Rescue Battalion, told CNN that one person had been killed when an Amtrak train collided with a passenger vehicle in Alabama.
There are weapons, audio and visual signs at the crossing, Carrillo said. The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office said the man in the car drove around with the fallen weapon.
Passengers describe escaping from overturned train carriages
“People already got off the train and removed the windows,” Trinkert, who was not injured, said. He, his wife and many others “began to get people out of cars as soon as possible.”
His students were shocked, but mostly okay, he told KMBC, but saw passengers slowly exiting in another car and needed first aid.
“I looked at my wife and said, ‘Without God we have no way out of this.'” I’m so thankful everyone in my group went home tonight. ”
Robert Nightingale, who was traveling in a sleeper car, told CNN that he was asleep when he heard something.
“It all happened like slow motion. It’s rock and, and rock, then flicker, then all of a sudden – all this dust was through my window,” Nightingale said.
He said the train fell on the side where his box was.
The uninjured Nightingale could not go through the dirty window, so he grabbed his backpack and climbed the sidewalk. Then he went to an adjoining room, where he found a way to get out and get on the side of the train.
He said he and others helped some others reach the ground in front of the train. That said it looks like there are big rocks in the truck.
“It hit something big … every car had to leave,” he said.
The scouts on board helped those in need
Scott Armstrong, director of the national media for the Boy Scouts of America, told CNN on Monday that two Boy Scout troops from Appleton, Wisconsin, boarded the Amtrak train to help the wounded.
The scouts on the train were believed to be between the ages of 14 and 17, and none of them were injured, Armstrong said. Eight adults were with the troops.
“When I opened one of the windows to open the roof area, they were already trying to get people out there,” he told KCTV.
“They did a good job. They were very mature for their age. Whatever they were taught by the scouts, it paid off today.”
Armstrong said the two troops were returning from a stay at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, and that the organization was working with them to complete their voyage to Wisconsin.
CNN’s Joe Sutton, Travis Caldwell, David Williams, Steve Almasy, Amanda Musa, Jalen Beckford, Jennifer Feldman, Melanie Whitley, Andi Babineau, Jamiel Lynch, Rashard Rose, Elise Hammond and Melissa Macaya contributed to this report.