Amtrak Statement (Updated as of 6/28/22, 2:14 p.m. ET):
We are deeply saddened to learn that the Missouri State Highway Patrol is now confirming that four people, three passengers and the truck driver, have lost their lives as a result of this grade crossing incident. There are also several reported injuries among the passengers and crew members traveling on the train. Amtrak is working with local authorities to make sure those who are injured get medical care and everyone else receives services and transportation. We are grateful for the support from the local authorities who provided assistance and resources for our customers and employees. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has activated, and we will fully support the NTSB with its investigation. Additional details will be provided as available.
On June 27 at 12:42 p.m. CT, Southwest Chief Train 4, traveling eastbound on BNSF track from Los Angeles to Chicago, 8 cars and 2 locomotives derailed after striking a truck that was obstructing a public crossing near Mendon, Missouri. There were approximately 275 passengers and 12 crew members onboard. Local authorities responded to the scene to provide assistance and care for our customers and employees. Our Incident Response Team has been activated, and we have deployed emergency personnel to the scene to help support our passengers, our employees and their families with their needs. Individuals with questions about their friends and family who were traveling aboard this train should call 800-523-9101.
As a result of the derailment, Southwest Chief Train 3, scheduled to depart Chicago (CHI) on Wednesday, June 29, will originate in Kansas City (KCY). Southwest Chief Train 4, schedule to depart LA (LAX) on Wednesday, June 29 is cancelled. Additionally, Southwest Chief train 3, scheduled to depart CHI on Saturday, July 2 is cancelled. Southwest Chief Train 4, scheduled to depart LAX on Monday, July 4 is also cancelled.