Amtrak: Injuries reported after train derails in Montana


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Amtrak said injuries were reported after five train cars derailed near Joplin, Montana, at around 4 p.m. MST. The scene of the accident is about 150 miles (241 kilometers) north of Helena and about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the Canadian border.


Officials said it was Empire Builder Train 7/27, which runs from Portland/Seattle to Chicago.

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There is no information about the direction in which the train was going.

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“Amtrak is working with local authorities to move the injured passengers and evacuate all other passengers safely,” the company said in a statement to Granthshala television stations.

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KXLY TV and KSEN Radio reported that the train derailed between Havre and Shelby stops in Montana.

The KSEN TV station reported that the train derailed about 1 mile from Joplin, Montana, a city of about 200 people.

Emergency responders are at the scene.

Passengers’ reports and photos show cars colliding with tracks. It was a sunny day with dozens of people standing or sitting on the side of the track, some with luggage.

The images showed sunny skies, and the accident appeared to have occurred along a straight section of tracks.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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