By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)
Sources: Missouri State Highway Patrol and Chariton County Coroner Nye Bowyer (Information)
Picture: Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper B (Courtesy)
Mendon, Missouri: The Missouri State Highway Patrol have confirmed and released on Wednesday, June 29th, 2022 the identities of the 4 victims of the deadly Amtrak’s Southwest Chief Passenger Train 4 crash and derailment.
Amtrak’s Southwest Chief Passenger Train 4 was traveling from Los Angeles, California to Chicago, Illinois crashed into a dump truck that was along an uncontrolled crossing At around 12:45 p.m. CDT on Monday, June 27th, 2022 causing approximately 2 locomotives and 8 passenger cars to derail off railroad track, and leaving a total of 4 people death which includes the dump truck driver and 3 passengers, and several people injured who were passengers.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the dump truck’s driver has been identified as 54 years old Bill Barton II from Brookfield, Missouri.
Kim Holsapple and Rochelle Cook are sisters and were passengers on board the passenger train, and were pronounced deceased at the scene.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for the 2 sisters at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/kim-and-rachelle-family
Bill Barton was also a passenger on board the passenger train, and was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident by Chariton County Coroner Nye Bowyer.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the 3 passengers have been identified as 58 years old Rachelle Cook from De Soto, Kansas; 56 years old Kim Holsapple from De Soto, Kansas; and 82 years old Binh Phan from Kansas City, Missouri.
At least 150 people on board the passenger train were also injured; exact what cities and states the injured people were from is not yet know.
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 when the passenger train 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.
ZachNews and the people in the Colorado River Tri-State area sends our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the families and friends of Bill Barton II, Rachelle Cook, Kim Holsapple and Binh Phan, and hope that everybody who are injured heal up and get well soon.