3 killed, multiple injured in Amtrak train collision in Missouri

An Amtrak passenger waits for his train at Penn Station April 2, 2004 in New York City. Security officials have received recent threats regarding the nation's railways.
An Amtrak passenger waits for his train at Penn Station April 2, 2004 in New York City. Security officials have received recent threats regarding the nation's railways. Photo credit Mario Tama/Getty Images

LOS ANGELES (KNX) – At least three people are dead and at least 50 people are injured after Amtrak train from Los Angeles derailed following a collision with a truck in Missouri on Monday.

Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman Corporal Justin Dunn said two of the people who died were onboard the train while one was in the truck.

Eric McKenzie, the superintendent with Chariton County Ambulance Service, confirmed the collision to CNN. It was reported 85 people were on board.

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The train, which was en route to Chicago, struck a dump truck in Mendon, Missouri at 12:42 p.m., Amtrak said in a press release.

Officials said eight cars and 12 locomotives were derailed following the crash.

Amtrak added there are 243 people and 12 crew members onboard the train with “early reports of injuries.”

"Local authorities are currently assisting customers and we have deployed Amtrak resources to assist,” officials said.

This is a developing story.

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