Fri. Oct 15th, 2021

Authorities would not speak on the number of injured or the extent of their injuries.

Seven cars from Amtrak’s Empire Builder train 7/27 derailed near Joplin, Montana, injuring an undisclosed number of passengers, Amtrak said in a statement. The train consisted of two locomotives and 10 cars.

The incident occurred around 4 p.m. local time, and there were approximately 146 passengers and 16 crew members on board, Amtrak said in an additional statement Saturday night.

“Amtrak is working with the local authorities to transport injured passengers, and safely evacuate all other passengers,” the railway added. “Additional details will be provided as available.”

Individuals with questions about their friends and family aboard the train should call 800-523-9101, the railway said.

The National Transportation Safety Board is sending a “Go Team” to investigate, the agency said Saturday night.
The Empire Builder travels between Chicago-St.Paul/Minneapolis-Spokane-Portland/Seattle, according to Amtrak’s website, and offers passengers a chance to “experience the rugged splendor of the American West.

“Traveling between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest along major portions of the Lewis and Clark Trail, the mighty Empire Builder takes you on an exciting adventure through majestic wilderness, following in the footsteps of early pioneers,” the website adds.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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