An Amtrak train which consisted of two locomotives and 10 cars derailed in Montana on Saturday afternoon around 4 p.m. local time. Seven cars from Amtrak’s Empire Builder train 7/27 which travels between Chicago-St.Paul/Minneapolis-Spokane-Portland/Seattle derailed near Joplin, about 150 miles (241 kilometers) north of Helena and about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the border with Canada, in an extremely rural part of northern Montana. Ladders were being used to free people. Three people were dead and an undisclosed number of passengers were injured. At least 15 people were hospitalized.
There were approximately 146 passengers and 16 crew members onboard, later was said by the company. “Amtrak is working with the local authorities to transport injured passengers, and safely evacuate all other passengers,” the railway said. The National Transportation Safety Board said late on Saturday it will investigate the incident. The cause was not immediately clear. Photos posted on social media showed Amtrak cars laying on their side, off the tracks, as first responders, passengers, and crew members crowded nearby. Amtrak said Empire Builder trains originating Saturday are canceled between Minot, North Dakota and Shelby, Montana, while on Sunday the westbound Empire Builder train will terminate in Minneapolis and an eastbound Empire Builder train will originate in Minneapolis.