Officials report at least 3 lives were lost due to Amtrak train derailing. A train traveling from Seattle to Chicago got sidetracked in north-central Montana on Saturday afternoon, flipping multiple carriages onto their sides.
According to Amtrak official Jason Abrams, their westbound Empire Builder crash occurred around 4 p.m. in Joplin, a hamlet of roughly 200 people. The disaster occurred around 150 miles (241 kilometers) northeast of Helena and, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) away from the Canadian border.
Three deaths were reported in this dreadful accident, as per Liberty County Sheriff’s operator, Starr Tyler. She didn’t have any further information. According to a statement provided by Amtrak, there have been many injuries.
According to Abrams, the railway had roughly 141 commuters, plus 16 crew personnel on board. According to him, the railway contained 2 locomotives with ten carriages, 8 of which got toppled.
“We are heartbroken to inform that local officials have confirmed that three persons have died as a result of this accident,” Abrams added.
The disaster caused by Amtrak train derailing woke up Megan Vandervest, a commuter on her way to see a friend in Seattle, according to The New York Times.
“My initial reaction was that we were derailing because, to be honest, I have anxiety and have read tales of trains derailing,” stated Vandervest, a Minneapolis resident. “My immediate 2nd reaction was, ‘Wow, that’s insane.” According to her, the carriage next to hers was slanted, the one after that was turned over, as well as the 3 carriages behind that, had “totally tumbled off the rails and had been disconnected from the line.”
Vandervest described the situation as “severe turbulence on an aircraft” while conversing from the Liberty County Senior Center, where several people were being moved.
Residents in the area of the collision immediately flocked to assist the commuters.
According to Ghekiere, her husband serves the local Emergency Services Office and was notified about the incident, the commuters were transferred via bus to motels in neighboring Shelby.
After the incident, the media platform photographs show rail carriages on their flanks and travelers standing near the rails; some dragging their baggage. The photos pictured a bright sky and the collision looked to have happened on a plain stretch section of track.