KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A fourth person died after a train crashed into a dump truck at an uncontrolled crossing in north-central Missouri on Monday, authorities confirmed Tuesday.
The driver of the dump truck was among those who died in a crash that left many more people injured.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop B spokesperson Corp. Justin Dunn said the first call to dispatch came in at 12:43 p.m. and first responders arrived by 1:02 p.m.
The crash occurred at a crossing that did not have arms or signals, which is common in many rural areas.
Dunn said seven cars derailed and there were at least 207 passengers and 14 crew members. Those totals are preliminary and different from the totals — 243 passengers and 12 crew members — previously provided by Amtrak officials.
“All injured and uninjured passengers have been transported from the scene,” Dunn said.
Deputies with the Chariton, Macon, Linn and Randolph county sheriff’s departments responded to the scene along with police from the nearby cities of Macon and Brookfield.
Members of the Missouri Conservation Department, Missouri Park Rangers and the Missouri Fire Marshal’s office also responded to assist along with air ambulances from a half-dozen surrounding counties, which made multiple trips to hospitals with injured people.
Lt. Eric Brown, a spokesperson for the Missouri State Highway Patrol, said the investigation will take several hours and perhaps days.