Investigators Look at Deadly Montana Train Wreck


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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) sent a team of investigators to the site of an Amtrak derailment in north-central Montana that killed three people and left seven hospitalized as of Sunday.

The westbound train was en route from Chicago to Seattle when it left the tracks about 4 p.m. Saturday near Joplin, a town of about 200, according to a report on KY3, Springfield, Missouri. Pipelaying equipment was used to right railroad cars.

The train was carrying about 141 passengers and 16 crew members and had two locomotives and 10 cars, eight of which derailed, Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams said.

A 14-member team including investigators and specialists in railroad signals would look into the cause of the derailment on a BNSF Railway main track that involved no other trains or equipment, said NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss.

Source: KY3/Associated Press