Amtrak power outage: At least 3 people die after an Amtrak train derails in Montana

Authorities did not speak on the number of injured or the extent of their injuries.

A statement from the railroad said five cars from Amtrak’s Empire Builder train 7/27 derailed near Joplin, Montana, injuring an unspecified number of passengers.

The incident occurred around 4 pm local time, the statement said. At that time, there were approximately 147 passengers and 13 crew on board.

“Amtrak is working with local authorities to deliver the injured passengers, and safely evacuate all other passengers,” the statement added. “Further details will be provided as available.”

The National Transportation Safety Board sends a “Go Team” to investigate, the agency said Saturday night.
Empire Builder travels between Chicago-St.Paul / Minneapolis-Spokane-Portland / Seattle, according to Amtrak’s website, and offers passengers a chance to “experience the rugged luxury of the American West.

“Traveling between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest along major sections of the Lewis and Clark Trail, a mighty Empire Builder takes you on an exciting adventure through the fascinating wilderness, following in the footsteps of the first pioneer, “the website added.

This is an emerging story and will be updated as more information is available.

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