US agency investigates Amtrak derailment that killed 3 in Montana
September 25 (Reuters) – At least three people died on Saturday and some passengers were injured after seven cars from an Amtrak train derailed in north-central Montana, an official from the local sheriff’s office said.
The National Transportation Safety Board said Saturday night it would investigate the incident.
Those trapped on board shortly after the derailment were all disembarked from the train, said the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office official, who requested anonymity.
There were several injuries but no final tally, the official added. A social media user posted photos of his own cars after the incident and other damaged cars.
The cause of the incident was not immediately clear.
The Empire Builder train to Seattle had about 146 passengers and 16 crew on board when seven cars derailed near Joplin, Amtrak said.
The 10-car train with two locomotives had left Chicago.
Amtrak said Empire Builder trains departing on Saturday are canceled between Minot, North Dakota and Shelby, Montana, while on Sunday, the westbound Empire Builder train will terminate in Minneapolis and an eastbound Empire Builder train will depart from Minneapolis. .
Reporting by Timothy Gardner and David Shepardson; Editing by Nick Zieminski, Clarence Fernandez and William Mallard
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