Seven cars of Amtrak train derail, 30 hurt

Published on : Monday, March 14, 2016

Amtrak trainIn an accident early on Monday, seven cars on a Chicago-bound Amtrak passenger train derailed in southwestern Kansas, injuring 30 people, two critically, officials said.

Amtrak said in a statement, the coaches from Amtrak’s Southwest Chief Train 4 travelling from Los Angeles to Chicago derailed about 20 miles (32 km) west of Dodge City shortly after midnight. About 128 passengers and 14 crew were in the cars.

Twenty-one people were taken to Western Plains Medical Complex in Dodge City and nine were transported to St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, Gray County spokeswoman Ashley Rogers said. Two of those hospitalized were in critical condition.

Other passengers were taken to a recreation center in nearby Cimarron before being provided alternate transportation to their destinations.

Seven cars derailed, and five of them were on their sides, Rogers said. Amtrak said the train had two locomotives and nine cars.

The accident occurred on the track owned by BNSF Railway Co, according to Amtrak. The rail service said it was working with BNSF to determine the accident’s cause.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators were on their way to the crash site, and Federal Railroad Administration investigators were already on scene, company spokesmen said.

The derailment forced the closure of U.S. Highway 50, an east-west route.

In a statement Amtrak said its Southwest Chief Train 3 from Chicago to Los Angeles would detour around the crash scene on Monday, travelling from Newton, Kansas, to Albuquerque, New Mexico.


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