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Post by Original Quill Sun Sep 26, 2021 3:44 pm

U.S. agency to probe Amtrak derailment that killed 3 in Montana

Sept 25 (Reuters) - At least three people died on Saturday and some passengers were injured after an Amtrak train derailed in north-central Montana, an official at the local sheriff's office said.

The National Transportation Safety Board said late on Saturday it will investigate the incident.

The Seattle-bound Empire Builder train had about 141 passengers and 16 crew aboard when eight cars derailed near the town of Joplin at about 4 p.m. MDT (2200 GMT), Amtrak said in a statement.

People trapped aboard soon after the derailment have all been taken off the train, said the official at the Liberty County Sheriff's Office, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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There were multiple injuries but no final count, the official added. A social media user posted photos of train cars on their side after the incident and other damaged train cars.

The cause of the incident was not immediately clear.

The 10-car train with two locomotives had departed from Chicago.

Amtrak said Empire Builder trains originating on Saturday are canceled between Minot, North Dakota, and Shelby, Montana, while on Sunday the westbound Empire Builder train will terminate in Minneapolis and an eastbound Empire Builder train will originate in Minneapolis.

Reporting by Timothy Gardner and David Shepardson; Additional reporting by Akriti Sharma in Bengaluru; Editing by Clarence Fernandez, William Mallard and Christian Schmollinger

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Post by Caution Mon Sep 27, 2021 12:19 am

Oof. I remember Amtrak derailing in '88 during a family visit near where this happened, it was quite a ways east near Saco though. Warped tracks. I don't think anyone died though
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Post by Original Quill Mon Sep 27, 2021 3:47 pm

Caution wrote:Oof. I remember Amtrak derailing in '88 during a family visit near where this happened, it was quite a ways east near Saco though. Warped tracks. I don't think anyone died though

"Warped tracks," eh?  They are still looking for the cause of this one.  The tracks were just inspected last week, they say.  A casual inspection shows no obvious defects - but jump the rail, it did.

Trains have 'black boxes' like airplanes.  They are looking at them right now.  We should hear within a week.

BTW, Caution.  I notice you are in Oregon.  Ever get to La Pine?

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Post by Caution Tue Sep 28, 2021 7:40 pm

I may or may not have passed through it 20 years ago, depending on which way I took to Crater Lake  Cool
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Post by Caution Mon Apr 04, 2022 7:09 pm

An interesting article about the response to the derailment (link)
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Post by Original Quill Mon Apr 04, 2022 11:32 pm

Fascinating.

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