Wednesday August 10, 2022

Train carrying 243 passengers derails near Kansas City, Missouri

A woman’s mother and aunt from Olathe, Missouri, have been identified by family as being among the four people killed when an Amtrak train carrying 275 people derailed after hitting a dump truck in Kansas City, Missouri, according to local news outlet KSHB.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said three passengers died and the driver of a dump truck that collided with the Los Angeles to Chicago service were among the dead, who have not been named.

Investigtors are currently at the scene of the crash in Mendon, Missouri, and the railroad is expected to remain closed for a matter of days following the collision at railroad crossing on Monday afternoon.

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Amtrak, which confirmed 275 passengers and 12 crew members were on board the Southwest Chief intercity train, said it is “deeply saddened” to learn about the deaths of the passengers and the truck driver.

The incident was the second in two days for Amtrak trains. On Sunday, three people were killed and two others suffered severe injuries after a train carrying 85 passengers hit a vehicle in rural California.

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Were there warning signs about the Amtrak crash?

A farmer said it was only “a matter of time” before an Amtrak train derailed in northern Missouri, just one day after three people were killed in a collision with a truck near Mendon.

Mike Spencer, 64, said in an interview with the Kansas City Star that he passes the same railroad crossing where the Amtrak train derailed on Monday and that he had concerns.

Three people were killed and 50 more injured when an Amtrak train hit a dump truck at the crossing in a rural area of Missouri, near Mendon. An investigation is underway.

Gino Spocchia has the full story.

Josh Marcus29 June 2022 12:00

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Missouri wasn’t the only recent Amtrak crash

Here’s a list of some of the other notable transit incidents in recent days.

Josh Marcus29 June 2022 10:00

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WATCH: Passengers escape flipped Amtrak train

Dramatic videos capture passengers escaping from a crowded Amtrak train that hit a dump truck and derailed in Missouri on Monday.

“Damn, it happened,” passenger Robert Nightingale of New Mexico can be heard saying, as he walks through the rubble-strewn hallway of the train toward a shaft of light from an open window.

Later, video from Mr Nightingale, which he posted on Facebook Live, shows passengers sitting on top of overturned rail cars.

The Taos resident said he was taking a nap in the train’s sleeper car when suddenly the train began rocking on Monday afternoon.

Josh Marcus29 June 2022 07:59

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The death toll from the Amtrak derailment sadly rises to four

The death toll from the Amtrak derailment in Missouri has increased to four after a third passenger on the train was confirmed to have died.

The Missouri state highway patrol said on Tuesday that the individual died of injuries sustained in the derailment, which happened near Mendon and more than 80 miles from Kansas City.

The latest victim, who has not named, died at University of Missouri Health Center, the patrol said.

Gino Spocchia has the full story.

Josh Marcus29 June 2022 06:00

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Passenger on derailed Amtrak says experience was “hell on Earth”

What’s it like to be on a train that derails?

According to Charles Hoffman, a passenger on the Amtrak train that derailed in Missouri on Monday, it’s “hell on Earth.”

“I was riding backwards, so that was a blessing because I didn’t fly forward on the impact, but all I heard was a bam, bang, boom,” he told NPR. “And all of a sudden the train dropped down, which I thought was probably when it went off track.”

The experience was so shocking he was taken to the hospital for an elevated heart rate.

“The whole night when I was trying to fall asleep I kept getting flashbacks, and like visuals and things running through my head and it made it very hard to sleep,” he added.

Josh Marcus29 June 2022 05:00

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Hero teacher on first ever Amtrak trip helps rescue passengers in Missouri derailment: ‘It was chaos’

Who was on the Amtrak train that derailed in Missouri on Monday?

The Independent sat down with one of them, Jason Drinkard, a high school social studies teacher who helped assist ailing passengers.

Here is his story.

Josh Marcus29 June 2022 04:00

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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg sits down for lengthy interview. Will he mention Amtrak?

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg sat down with NBC News’s Lester Holt on Tuesday, following a weekend that saw multiple Amtrak derailments in the span of two days.

Here’s a snippet from the conversation.

Josh Marcus29 June 2022 01:57

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Boy Scouts helped rescue passengers after derailment

Two Boy Scout troops from Wisconsin helped rescue their fellow passengers on Monday after an Amtrak train derailed in Missouri.

The scouts broke windows, helped people off overturned rail cars, and even attempted to save the life of the driver of the dump truck on the tracks which collided with the train.

“I’m proud of them. One scout wrapped his hand, took his shirt off, wrapped his hand to break some windows to get people out. Another scout went and comforted the driver of the truck that was hit and tried to stabilize him,” said Dan Skrypczak, scout master of Troop 73, WBAY reports.

Josh Marcus29 June 2022 00:48

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NTSB investigation and cleanup begins at derailment site

A 14-person team from the National Transportation Safety Board has begun its investigation of the shocking Amtrak derailment on Monday in Missouri that killed four people, KMBC reports.

The investigators will remove the train’s event recorder, go through the wreckage at the derailment site, and scrutinise camera footage taken on the train itself.

Josh Marcus29 June 2022 00:06

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Video shows passengers climbing out

A number of dramatic videos captured passengers escaping from a crowded Amtrak train that hit a dump truck and derailed in Missouri on Monday.

“Damn, it happened,” passenger Robert Nightingale could be heard saying in one video which he posted on Facebook live. Other passengers were seen sitting on top of overturned rail cars.

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