WASHINGTON, June 27 (KUNA) -- Several people were killed and at least 50 people injured Monday when an Amtrak train traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago derailed in Missouri.
"Several cars derailed on Train 4 traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago after striking a dump truck at a public crossing in Mendon, Missouri," Amtrak said in a statement.
The statement added that "there are approximately 243 passengers onboard with early reports of injuries."
It continued that "local authorities are currently assisting customers and we have deployed Amtrak resources to assist."
Missouri Governor Mike Parson tweeted "we are saddened to hear of the Amtrak train derailment in Chariton County this afternoon."
He added that "the Missouri Department of Public Safety, the highway patrol and other emergency management personnel are responding." (end)