4 killed in Amtrak crash identified
MENDEN, Mo. (KMOV) - The four people who were killed when an Amtrak crashed in mid-Missouri have been identified.
Amtrak reported one of its trains traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago derailed near Menden, Mo. Monday afternoon. Menden is located northwest of Columbia.
Amtrak reported the train derailed after it hit a dump truck that was blocking an uncontrolled train crossing on Porch Prairie Avenue. The Missouri State Highway Patrol confirmed the train had about eight cars, including a baggage car. Seven of the cars reportedly derailed.
Shortly after the crash, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said three people were killed. A day later, a fourth person died. The deceased have been identified as Rochelle Cook, 58, Kim Holsapple, 56, Binh Pham, 82, and Billy Barton II, 54. Cook, Holsapple and Pham were inside the Amtrak when the crash occurred. Barton was the driver of the dump truck.
Cook and Holsapple are both from Desoto, Kansas. Barton is from Brookfield, Missouri and Pham is from Kansas City, Missouri.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol also reported that around 150 people were taken to area hospitals for treatment of injuries that ranged from being minor to serious.
A total of 275 passengers and 12 crew members were on board. Videos posted to social media show the train on its side. Some of those who were on the train when it derailed were taken to a high school near Mendon, according to social media posts. Photos show medical professionals and law enforcement tending to people inside the school’s gym.
Multiple law enforcement agencies were called to the scene. Medical helicopters from several providers and ambulances from neighboring counties responded. Troopers said each agency transported multiple victims to area hospitals. The NTSB is launching a 14-member team to investigate the derailment.
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources told News 4 they have park rangers assisting other public safety authorities at the scene of the crash. They also have environmental emergency response staff deploying to the scene to assist if needed. There have not been any reports of environmental hazards thus far.
The crossing where the derailment occurred is on a MoDOT list of crossings that need safety improvements.
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