US train derails killing three in Montana

US train derails killing three in Montana
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Daily US Times: Three people are dead and 50 others injured after an Amtrak train derailed in Montana on Saturday afternoon.

The Liberty County Sheriff’s office said in a statement that Multiple carriages from the Amtrak Empire Builder passenger service came off the tracks at about 16:00 local time (22:00 GMT), near the small town of Joplin.

Amtrak said there were approximately 16 crew and 141 passengers aboard, adding that rescuers have been working to evacuate passengers.

The US National Transportation Safety Board has launched an investigation into the matter.

The incident took place when the train had been travelling from Chicago to Seattle.

Passenger Megan Vandervest told the New York Times she was woken up by the derailment, which felt like “extreme turbulence on plane.”

Social media images show train cars tipped on their sides and luggage strewn on the ground, with people standing nearby.

State Senator Steve Daines said in a tweet that he was “closely monitoring this situation”.

He added: “I am thankful for the first responders already on the scene and praying for the safety of all involved.”

Through train derailments of Amtrak trains are rare, in recent years, there have been several derailments reported.

Three people were killed when an Amtrak train in 2018 travelled on to the wrong track and hit a parked freight train.

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