Three dead after Amtrak train derails in Missouri

Photo by: Amtrak
Photo by: Amtrak

(Mendon, MO) -- At least three people are dead after an Amtrak train derailed in Missouri after hitting a dump truck on Monday.

Police say several others are wounded. The train derailed after it hit a the dump truck at a public crossing in the city of Mendon, which is about 100 miles northeast of Kansas City. Two people died on the train, and one person died in the dump truck.

The train originated from Los Angeles and was on its way to Chicago. There were approximately 243 passengers onboard.

Officials do not have an exact cause for the crash.