Missouri officials have declared a ‘large fatality event’ after a passenger train traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago hit a dump truck that was blocking a public crossing and completely derailed on Monday.
Three people are dead — including two on the train and one in the dump truck — after the train’s eight cars and its two locomotives came off the tracks, officials with the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.
At least 50 people were injured, the Chariton County Ambulance Service said. At least nine patients were being taken to a University of Missouri Health Care hospital in Columbia, Missouri, about 90 miles away, several of them arriving by helicopter.
State Highway Patrol Lt. Eric Brown said at a 5pm press conference there was still an ‘active and ongoing investigation at the scene’ but that all the injured had been transported to area hospitals.
The wreck occurred at 12.42pm CT Monday, when the Southwest Chief Train 4 collided with a truck that was obstructing a public…