At least three people were killed and at least 50 were injured when an Amtrak train derailed in Montana on Saturday afternoon, officials said in a frantic response from rescue crews rushing to evacuate passengers from their cars.
Amtrak said one was five cars Creator of the Empire The train derailed at 4 pm local time. About 147 passengers and 13 crew were on board, “injuries were reported,” Amtrak said in a statement.
The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office confirmed three people were dead.
Mont, Hill County Disaster and Emergency Services Coordinator Amanda Freegal said in an interview that “more than 50 people were injured.”
Westbound train, mop 200 miles north of Helena.
Ms Frikel said rescuers from six districts were responding to the scene and five hospitals were on standby to retrieve injured passengers. Several medical helicopters were also stationed, he said.
“Everyone alive was evacuated from the rubble,” Ms Freakle said.
Officers evacuated the survivors to two separate sites and were doing a head count. Emergency responders planned to keep people in hotels as soon as they saw their medical needs.
“Every surrounding district helps,” said Mont Tool County Sheriff Donna Witt.
“We are working with local authorities to transport the injured passengers and evacuate all other passengers safely,” Amtrak said in a statement.
Megan Wanderwest, who was visiting a friend in Seattle, boarded a Friday night train from Minneapolis, where she lives.
On Saturday afternoon, she was asleep in the first car when she woke up.
“My first thought was that we were derailed because, to be honest, I was nervous and I had heard stories of trains derailing,” Ms Vanderwest said. “My second thought is crazy. We’m not going to get off track. It’s not going to happen.”
She found it quickly. The car she was in was completely on the rails.
But the car behind her tilted, the car behind her tilted completely, and the three cars behind her “completely fell off the tracks and detached from the train,” he said.
Speaking from the Liberty County Senior Center where the passengers were taken, Ms Vanderwest said she and the other three people who were with her were lucky not to be injured.
In her car, she felt like “too much turmoil on a plane”.
Montana Attorney General Austin Nutson said Montana Highway Patrol was one of the assistants in the rescue effort. “We pray for the safety of all passengers and crew on board,” he said.
Karen Jelly, who works at the Holland & Bone Funeral Home in Mont, Howrah, said she was waiting for a terrible phone call from funeral officials. “It would be so bad when we get that phone call,” he said.
Ms Jelly, who moved there nine years ago from Wyoming, said the area was very welcoming.
The community “gathers people around when things get worse,” he said. Now, she said, “It’s going to be spoiled by this memory.”
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