An Amtrak train derailed Monday afternoon after striking a dump truck in Mendon, Missouri, officials said.
There were reports of injuries aboard Train 4 after “several cars derailed,” according to a statement from Amtrak. The train was carrying 243 passengers and 12 crew members while traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago.
The crash occurred about 12:45 p.m., Amtrak said. Mendon is about 115 miles northeast of Kansas City.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol tweeted that approximately eight trains had derailed, with multiple agencies on scene providing aid. Amtrak said two locomotives also derailed.
Social media posted from scene showed train cars completely off the tracks and lying on their side, with passengers crawling out of side windows to escape the wreckage.
Gov. Mike Parson tweeted that the Missouri Department of Public Safety, the highway patrol and other personnel were responding.
“We are saddened to hear of the Amtrak train derailment in Chariton County this afternoon … We ask Missourians to join us in praying for all those impacted,” Parson said.
Speaking to reporters on Monday, Parson called the crash “a bad scene.”
“It’s a terrible situation. I do know that several cars have been derailed. We do believe there could be some fatalities,” he said.
“It’s very unfortunate anytime you have a derailment of a train and multiple cars — it’s not a good day.”
Monday’s derailment marks the second consecutive day an Amtrak train was involved in a serious crash.
Three people were killed and two others injured after an Amtrak train crashed into a vehicle obstructing rail tracks near Brentwood, California, on Sunday, officials said.
This is a developing story, please check back for updates.
Gemma DiCasimirro and Dennis Romero contributed.