Emergency response personnel were at the scene of an Amtrak train crash in Montana, leaving several passengers temporarily stranded.
Amtrak Public Relations Manager Jason Abrams released the following statement to Fox News after the train went straight, confirming that there was “damage reported” and that Amtrak is working with local authorities to “bring the injured passengers “and” safely evacuate all other passengers “:
“At approximately 4 pm MT, Empire Builder Train 7/27 was derailed by five cars near Joplin, MT. There were approximately 147 passengers and 13 crew members on board, who reported injuries. Amtrak is working with local authorities to deliver the injured passengers, and safely evacuate all other passengers. Further details will be provided as available. “
Images from the scene, shared on social media, show trains being tipped and dozens of people surrounding the result. The crash occurred on the Empire Builder line, which runs between Seattle and Chicago with a stop in Spokane.
A local news director reported that passengers were “trapped” inside.
The incident occurred between the Havre and Shelby stops in Montana.
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