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Amtrak train from L.A. to Chicago derails in Missouri

CHICAGO (CBS) — An Amtrak train derailed Monday afternoon in northern Missouri, while en route from Los Angeles to Chicago.

Amtrak said several cars on the train derailed after hitting a dump truck at a railroad crossing in the town of Mendon around 1:45 p.m.

Approximately 243 passengers were on board at the time, according to Amtrak.

“Local authorities are currently assisting customers and we have deployed Amtrak resources to assist,” Amtrak said in a statement.  

According to pictures posted on Twitter by a man who said he was a passenger on the train, at least five cars of the train ended up completely on their side.

It was not immediately clear how many people were injured, or how serious the injuries were.

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