News Update!!: Dodge City, KS: Amtrak’s Southwest Chief passenger train #4 has partially derailed.

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News Update!!: Dodge City, KS: Amtrak’s Southwest Chief passenger train #4 has partially derailed.

ZachNews has the latest information regarding the Amtrak’s Southwest Chief passenger train #4 that partially derailed near Dodge City, Kansas on Monday, March 14th, 2016.

According to Amtrak, the Amtrak’s Southwest Chief passenger train #4 partially derailed while traveling from Los Angeles, California to Chicago, Illinois just after 12:00am CT on Monday, March 14th, 2016.

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Fire department crews, law enforcement, and emergency medical technicians from many companies raced to the scene of the derailment.

At least 32 people were hospitalized after 5 cars of the Amtrak’s Southwest Chief passenger train #4 derailed about 20 miles west of Dodge City, Kansas.

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According to Amtrak, nearly all of the 32 people who were injured have been released by late Monday morning.

A crew member onboard the Amtrak’s Southwest Chief passenger train #4 was treated at the scene. 

Medical helicopters were seen lifting off from the scene of the derailment.

According to Northwest Texas Healthcare System Spokeswoman Caytie Martin, at least 2 people were airlifted to Amarillo, Texas for treatment.

Uninjured passengers were taken to the community center to wait for Amtrak to make arrangements to transport them to their destinations.

According to National Transportation Safety Board Spokesman Earl Weener, the train’s engineer noticed something wrong ahead on the track and hit the brake.

National Transportation Safety Board Spokesman Earl Weener believes that this action prevented things from being even worse.

The track had most recently been inspected on Thursday, March 10th, 2016, which is normal policy.

According to Amtrak, there was 2 locomotives and 10 cars with at least 131 passengers and 14 crew on board the Amtrak’s Southwest Chief passenger train #4 when the derailment occurred.

According to National Transportation Safety Board Spokesman Earl Weener, the 2 locomotives and front 2 cars did not derail, but the next 2 cars derailed and remained upright well the remaining 6 cars derailed and tipped over.

Amtrak is working with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, which owns and maintains the track, to investigate the cause of the derailment.

According to Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Spokesman Andy Williams, the derailment was not caused by poorly maintained track, and the track is inspected twice a week and meets Federal Railroad Administration guidelines.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators will be on site to continue the investigation from Washington, District of Columbia. 

National Transportation Safety Board is working with local law enforcement to determine what — if any — impact a crash earlier in the evening in that area may have had on the tracks. 

According to the Amtrak website, the Amtrak’s Southwest Chief passenger train #4’s route was from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California and includes stops in San Bernardino, California, Victorville, California, Barstow, California, Downtown Needles, California, and Kingman, Arizona.

** Source: Amtrak: **

http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer/AM_Route_C/1241245650447/1237405732511

Individuals with questions about their family and friends who may have been aboard the Amtrak’s Southwest Chief passenger train #4 should contact the Amtrak’s Emergency Hotline at: 1 (800) 523-9101.

According to Amtrak, the Amtrak’s Southwest Chief passenger train #3, operating from Chicago, Illinois to Los Angeles, California will detour from Newton, Kansas to Albuquerque, New Mexico originating Sunday, March 13th, 2016 and Monday, March 14th, 2016.

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