(RepublicanPress.org) – According to the latest report by the National Safety Council, the number of railway injuries and fatalities has decreased in the last 14 years. Sadly, 757 people lost their lives, and 5,479 sustained injuries due to railroad incidents in 2020. Now those numbers have increased.
On the afternoon of Saturday, September 25, a westbound Amtrak train traveling from Chicago to Seattle/Portland derailed near the tiny town of Joplin, Montana. The accident killed three people and injured seven. Amtrak later confirmed the train carried 141 passengers and 16 crew members.
— Jessica Arp (@newsbyjessica) September 25, 2021
According to Amtrak, the train consisted of 10 cars and 2 locomotives. Eight cars ended up derailing during the accident. Federal Railroad Administration and National Transportation Safety Board investigators initiated an investigation over the weekend.
On Monday, September 27, Amtrak released a statement advising that its president, Stephen Gardner, as well as the carrier’s safety and operations heads, deployed to the accident site to assist federal authorities investigating the incident.
The railroad company also confirmed the availability of “incident response team members, family assistant liaisons, and nurse case managers” to support affected passengers, employees, and family members. Currently, those teams are facilitating medical services and providing travel and lodging. Amtrak intends to retrieve passenger and crew members’ personal effects as quickly as possible.
Anyone seeking information about family members and friends on board Amtrak’s Empire Builder Train 7/24 can call 1-800-523-9101.
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