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The Amtrak Southwest Chief Derailed Monday In Missouri After Hitting A Dump Truck In A Crossing

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An Amtrak train, with reportedly at least one person from Flagstaff on board, derailed in Missouri Monday. Amtrak says there are 243 passengers and 12 crew members on the Southwest Chief train number-four from Los Angeles to Chicago. On the train was Ron Goulet of Flagstaff. He told the “Daily Beast” he was uninjured. The train struck a dump truck at a crossing in Mendon, Missouri that caused multiple train cars to flip on their side. Amtrak says at least eight cars and two locomotives derailed. There are at least three people dead and at least 50 people injured in connection with the derailment. Two of the people who died were on the train, the other was in the dump truck. Also on board the train was 16 Boy Scouts from Wisconsin. As soon as the accident happened, they jumped to action, helping the injured and helped first responders. Mendon is about 100 miles northeast of Kansas City.