Metro East officials simulate train crash for emergency drill

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Posted on December 10, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 11 at 8:40 AM

(KMOV.com) -- Tuesday emergency management officials in the Metro East trained for a deadly disaster.

The drill was based in Wood River, and was meant in part to work on coordinating hospitals.

More than 30 agencies, including 18 Madison County hospitals went into action, responding to a hypothetical scenario where many people were killed in a train derailment.

“We’re in an area where there are a lot of passenger trains coming through here,” said Mary Kate Malone with Madison County Emergency Management. “This particular one we used an Amtrak train simulation and it made sense because they go through a lot of residential areas and Alton’s one of the biggest cities in our county.”

The county does similar training four times a year.

The train derailment drill was chosen before last week’s deadly crash in New York.

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