By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)
Source: Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper B (Information)
Picture: Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper B (Courtesy)
Mendon, Missouri: Missouri State Highway Patrol confirms that Amtrak’s Southwest Chief Passenger Train 4 crash and derailment leaves 4 people dead and 150 people injured.
Pictures: Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper B and KSHB NBC 41 (Courtesy)
At around 12:45 p.m. CDT on Monday, June 27th, 2022, Amtrak’s Southwest Chief Passenger Train 4 traveling from Los Angeles, California to Chicago, Illinois crashed into a dump truck that was along an uncontrolled crossing.
The crash caused approximately 2 locomotives and 8 passenger cars to derail off railroad track.
At least 150 people were transported to 10 different hospitals for treatment of injuries related to the crash.
Amtrak’s Southwest Chief Passenger Train 4 provides service from Los Angeles, California and Chicago, Illinois, including stops at Barstow, California; Needles, California; and Kingman, Arizona.
Before the crash and derailment, Amtrak’s Southwest Chief Passenger Train 4 had approximately 275 passengers and 12 crew members on board, and departed Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles, California on Saturday, June 25th, 2022 making a total of 25 stops for passengers along the way, including 6 stops in California.
Reports that at least 2 Boy Scout troops from Appleton, Wisconsin were on board Amtrak’s Southwest Chief Passenger Train 4.
Scott Armstrong, Director of National Media for Boy Scouts of America, told CNN that a total of 16 scouts and eight adult leaders were on board.
According to Scott Armstrong, the scouts who were on the train are believed to be between 14 and 17 years old, and he confirmed none was hurt.
Scott Armstrong also said that all 16 Boy Scouts and their adult leaders stayed an the scene of the train derailment to render aid and assist people that were hurt, according to Armstrong.
The two different troops were on their way back from a stay at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, Armstrong said.
Armstrong said the Boy Scouts of America is now working to get the scouts and their leaders back to Wisconsin.
Amtrak is instructing families who had friends and family on board of the train to call: 1 800-523-9101.
ZachNews and the people in the Colorado River Tri-State area sends our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the families and friends of the people who died in the Amtrak’s Southwest Chief Passenger Train 4 crash and derailment.
Additional information will be provided as available to ZachNews.