Amtrak’s Southwest Chief Derails in Missouri

MENDON, Mo. — Amtrak’s eastbound Southwest Chief derailed on June 27 in rural Missouri after hitting a truck.

According to Amtrak, two locomotives and eight cars derailed with 243 passengers and 12 crew members on board. Some people have been taken to area hospitals. Just how many people were injured is unknown at this time.

“We’re just getting initial information. It’s a terrible situation,” Gov. Mike Parson told the Kansas City Star and other media outlets shortly after 3 p.m. local time.

Amtrak has established a hotline for people with friends and family who may have been on the train and have questions. That number is 1-800-523-9101. Amtrak officials said an incident response team was being sent to the area to help passengers.

This story will be updated when additional information becomes available. 

This article was posted on: June 27, 2022