Amtrak train derails in Montana, killing at least 3

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Amtrak train derails in Montana, killing at least 3

At least three people are confirmed dead and an undisclosed number injured after an Amtrak train derailed in Montana on Saturday, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to The Post.

The Empire Builder, which runs between Chicago and Seattle, had 147 passengers and 13 crew members on board when five cars derailed near Joplin around 4 p.m. on Saturday, Amtrak confirmed in a statement.

At least three people have been killed in the Amtrak incident.
At least three people have been killed in the Amtrak incident.
Kimberly Fossen via AP
The train was carrying 147 passengers at the time of the derailment.
The train was carrying 147 passengers at the time of the derailment.
Kimberly Fossen via AP

Amtrak said it is working with local authorities to help evacuate passengers.

Photos circulated on social media showing passengers and responders standing next to the tipped-over train cars along a dirt road and fields.

A Spokane-based news director who’s brother-in-law is a firefighter in Montana said in a tweet that responders “were dispatched & told to prepare for a large amount of people trapped – or worse.”

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