An Amtrak train that originated from Los Angeles Union Station and passed through Fullerton and Riverside en route to Chicago derailed Monday in Missouri after colliding with a truck, and the rail agency indicated there are “early reports of injuries.”
There was no immediate word on the number or extent of injuries in the crash, which occurred in Mendon, Missouri, at 1:42 p.m. local time, or 11:42 a.m. California time. Amtrak officials said the train struck a dump truck “at a public crossing.”
“There are approximately 243 passengers onboard with early reports of injuries,” according to a statement from Amtrak. “Local authorities are currently assisting customers and we have deployed Amtrak resources to assist.”
The crash involved Amtrak’s Southwest Chief train 4. According to Amtrak schedules, the train would have left Los Angeles Union Station Saturday evening, making stops in Fullerton, Riverside and San Bernardino as it began the roughly 43-hour trip to Chicago.