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Amtrak train crashes into truck, derails in Missouri and reports injuries

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US National Passenger Railroad reported that several Amtrak trains derailed in northern Missouri on Monday after colliding with a dump truck at an intersection, injuring about 243 passengers. The service stated in a statement.

The train collided with a vehicle at a public intersection in Mendon, Missouri at 1:42 pm. Amtrak said while traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago.

A hospital spokesman said three patients had been taken to the University of Missouri Healthcare Hospital in Columbia, Missouri, about 90 miles away.

The Federal Transportation Safety Board said it is collecting information about the incident.

Eight air ambulances responded and authorities treated it as a mass casualty, a Washington Post reporter wrote on Twitter.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson said on Twitter, "I want Missouri citizens to join in and pray for all those affected."

Train passenger Robert Nightingale told CNN that "all cars were killed except the main engine."

He said he was dozing in the car when the train derailed.

"I could feel the truck moving back and forth, then it started moving and fell on my side of the road," he said.

Nightingale said he and others were in a local school.

"Ambulances were everywhere, carrying stretchers to the train, and now the school has stretchers," he said.

Amtrak passenger train derailed in central and northern Montana in September. Three people died. (Reported by Eric Beech, Chris Gallagher, Timothy Ahmann, Rami Ayyub, Ismail Shakil; edited by Tim Ahmann and Howard Goller)