Three killed, some injured when Amtrak train derails in Montana

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At least three people were killed Saturday and some passengers were injured after seven cars on an Amtrak train derailed in north-central Montana, an official with the local sheriff’s office said.

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The National Transportation Safety Board said Saturday night that it will investigate the incident.

People caught on board shortly after the derailment have been removed from the train, said the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

There were multiple injuries but no final count, the official added. A social media user posted photos of train cars on his side after the incident and other damaged train cars.

The cause of the incident was not immediately clear.

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The Seattle-bound Empire Builder train had about 146 passengers and 16 crew on board when seven cars derailed near Joplin, Amtrak said.

The 10-car train with two locomotives had left Chicago.

Amtrak said Empire Builder trains originating on 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 from Minneapolis.

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