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US NTSB to investigate fatal Montana Amtrak derailment

15:10  26 september  2021
15:10  26 september  2021 Source:   thehill.com

3 dead in Amtrak train derailment

  3 dead in Amtrak train derailment The train was traveling from Chicago to Seattle. Several passengers on the train shared images of the front cars off the track, with some tipped on their sides. © @MegVandervest/Twitter At least three people were killed when a Amtrak train derailed near Joplin, Mont., on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. It was not immediately clear what caused the derailment. Liberty County is an extremely rural part of northern Montana, with only a few thousand residents despite being larger than the entire state of Rhode Island. Great Falls is the largest nearby city, about 100 miles south of Joplin.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will be investigating the fatal passenger train derailment in Montana on Saturday.

NTSB to investigate fatal Montana Amtrak derailment © Getty NTSB to investigate fatal Montana Amtrak derailment

At least three people were killed and dozens others injured when seven cars on an Amtrak train traveling from Seattle to Chicago derailed near Joplin, Mont.

Local officials said the number of injured individuals was "well over" 50.

"The NTSB is launching a go-team to investigate Saturday's derailment of Amtrak's Empire Builder train near Joplin, Montana. Team will be based in Great Falls, Montana. Check Twitter @ntsb_newsrooom for updates," the agency said on Saturday evening.

At least five hospitals were reportedly on call to receive injured passengers. Those who have received medical care have been placed in local hotels.

The derailment has caused numerous Empire Builder trains in the region to be cancelled or have their routes altered.

--Updated at 7:32 a.m.

Couple celebrating 50th anniversary died in train derailment .
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Don Varnadoe spent months watching videos about train trips on his office computer in preparation for a special cross-country vacation to celebrate his and Margie Varnadoe's 50th wedding anniversary. He phoned his co-workers in coastal Georgia, where he sold real estate for decades, from the first leg of their trip Friday to let them know it was turning into a dream vacation. “He had called the office and said how excited they were," said Robert Kozlowski, managing broker at Coldwell Banker Access Realty in the port city of Brunswick. "They were in Washington, D.C., and headed west.

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