More than 50 people have been injured on the Amtrak train that killed three people when it derailed over the weekend in north-Central Montana, officials said.
Amanda Frickel, disaster and emergency services coordinator for Hill County, said that “well over” 50 people had been hurt when the train toppled about 4 p.m. Saturday near Joplin, the New York Times reported.
The accident left another three people dead, Liberty County sheriff’s dispatcher Starr Tyler said.
“We are deeply saddened to learn local authorities are now confirming that three people have lost their lives as a result of this accident,” Amtrak said in a statement.
The passengers were among the 141 travelers and 16 crew members on board, Amtrak officials said.
The train had two locomotives and 10 cars, eight of which derailed as it was heading from Chicago to Seattle, officials said.
Chester Councilwoman Rachel Ghekiere said she and others helped about 50 to 60 passengers who were brought to a local school.
“I went to the school and assisted with water, food, wiping dirt off faces,” she said. “They appeared to be tired, shaken but happy that they were where they were. Some looked more disheveled than others, depending where they were on the train.”
It’s unclear what caused the derailment.
The National Transportation Safety Board said it will dispatch a 14-member team, including investigators and specialists in railroad signals, to the scene to investigate.
With Post wires