At least three people died in a train crash on Saturday at 16 local time (23:00 in Poland) near Joplin, Montana. Many people were injured. A dozen or so passengers were taken to the hospital, the rest were evacuated, reports Reuters.
The Empire Builder train from Seattle to Chicago crashed off the tracks near Joplin in Liberty County, about 48 km from the Canadian border. Five wagons fell out of the tracks. Three people died in the crash, said the sheriff of Liberty County.
Evacuation to nearby towns
The connection on the Chicago-Seattle route (3550 km) has been operating since 1925. For a long time it was the main line among connections using the Great Northern Railroad. The journey from Chicago to Seattle takes a total of 48 hours. The connection is now used as a tourist attraction.
A total of 147 passengers and 13 service staff were on the train that went off the track, said Jason Abrams, a spokesman for the state-owned carrier, Amtrak, which operates the route.
Local authorities participated in the evacuation of passengers and the transport of the wounded to the hospital, writes Reuters. Photos posted by passengers on social media show that they were transported by coaches from the scene of the accident to nearby towns.
The causes of the crash are unknown.
Main photo source: Reuters