Several injured in train derailment in Missouri

Several cars of a train carrying nearly 250 passengers derailed Monday in Missouri, in the center of the United States, announced the rail company Amtrak, which mentions “injuries”, without further details.

The Los Angeles-Chicago train ran off the tracks “after colliding with a garbage truck at a level crossing” in Mendon, Missouri, at 1:42 p.m. local time, the company’s statement said. public.

There were “about 243 passengers on board”, she added, “and the first elements mention injuries”.

Impressive photographs of the accident posted on social media by travelers show many wagons lying on the side of the track, passengers escaping from the side windows, in the middle of an agricultural area. AFP could not immediately confirm the authenticity of these images.

Sunday, another train operated by Amtrak had struck a car on a level crossing without automatic barriers in California, killing 3 of the passengers of the vehicle, according to the chain NBC.

There are said to be several deaths, but the number and identity of the victims remain unknown.

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