The Washington Examiner reports that the Amtrak train accident that took place in Missouri on Monday has left at least three people dead.
In addition to the three deaths, “multiple” injuries have also been reported.
The accident took place near Mendon, Missouri, around 1:42 p.m. on Monday. This particular Amtrak train was traveling from Los Angeles, California, to Chicago, Illinois, with over 200 passengers and 14 crew members aboard.
As the train was heading through a railroad crossing in Missouri, it struck a dump truck.
The crash caused seven out of the train’s eight cars to derail. One of those derailed cars only had baggage in it, but the others had people.
A number of emergency response crews were sent to the scene of the accident.
The precise number of deaths and injuries is not known. But, it is known that there were at least three deaths – a person in the dump truck and two train passengers – and there were at least 50 injured.
An investigation is in progress
There is already a lot of information about why the crash occurred even though investigations are just getting started.
The dump truck, for example, is said to have been obstructing the railroad crossing. But, it is unclear what the truck’s exact position was in relation to the train tracks.
We also know that one of the reasons why the dump truck was able to obstruct the railroad crossing is because this particular railroad crossing in Missouri did not have any lights or other electronic control devices. Why it didn’t have these devices is a question that authorities will be looking to answer as they investigate the accident in the coming weeks.
Multiple investigative crews are now going to try to get to the bottom of this accident. This includes the National Transportation Safety Board. The board is reported to be sending a “14-member go-team” to the scene of the accident, and it will begin its investigation on Tuesday.
In addition, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced that the Federal Railroad Administration will also be heading to the scene. Buttigieg says that its task will “support the investigation.”