At least three people were killed and several others injured in a train derailment in the U.S. state of Montana on Saturday, Amtrak railway company said.
Eight of the train's ten cars derailed around 4 p.m. local time (10 p.m. GMT) near Joplin, a small town near the border with Canada in northern Montana, according to the company.
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She said about 141 passengers and 16 crew members were on board the train that connects Seattle to Chicago.
We are deeply saddened to learn that local authorities are now confirming the deaths of three people as a result of this accident,
" the company said, also reporting "
" among passengers and crew. .
At least one overturned wagon
Amtrak said it has dispatched teams to the scene who "are
working with local authorities to transport injured passengers and safely evacuate all other passengers
Video footage posted to social media and disseminated by local media showed people waiting near the tracks, luggage strewn beside them, looking at wagons with at least one overturned on its side.
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Montana Disaster and Emergency Services Coordinator Amanda Frickel told the New York Times that "
more than 50 people have been injured
All the people alive were taken from the carcass
" of the train, she added.