June 18, 2024

Amtrak train derails in Montana, leaving at least 3 dead and multiple people injured

Amtrak joined federal safety officials Sunday to investigate a Montana train derailment that left at least three people dead and rural communities scrambling to provide food and shelter to the stunned survivors. The westbound Empire Builder train with 141 passengers and 16 crew members derailed Saturday afternoon near Joplin, a town of less than 200 people a few miles from the Canadian border. The tragedy occurred as Amtrak was closing out its nationwide, annual Rail Safety Week. Liberty County sheriff’s dispatcher Starr Tyler confirmed the deaths, saying there were multiple injuries. Amtrak spokesman Jason Abrams said eight of the train’s 10 cars toppled off the tracks, some of them sitting on their sides off the track when the train came to a halt. 

Emergency personnel respond to the scene of an Amtrak train derailment Sept. 25 in north-central Montana. Multiple people were injured when the train that runs between Seattle and Chicago derailed, the train agency said.

Hurricane Sam intensifies to Category 4 with 145 mph winds

Hurricane Sam stormed westward through the Atlantic Basin on Sunday, a powerful Category 4 storm that forecasters hoped would stay far enough from land to avoid major damage from its 145 mph winds and heavy rains. AccuWeather forecasters said a due west path through the northern islands of the Caribbean seemed unlikely. A dip in the jet stream would steer Sam away from the USA, AccuWeather meteorologist Bernie Rayno said. “But if that jet stream dip sets up farther west or meanders westward, then there is room for Sam to get very close to the U.S. next weekend,” Rayno said. That scenario, nine years ago, helped steer Superstorm Sandy west into New Jersey. Sandy was blamed for almost 300 deaths across multiple nations and damage of almost $70 billion.

Sam became a major hurricane on Saturday.

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