3.14.16: Derailment sends 29 to hospital
CIMARRON, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say 29 people have been taken to hospitals after an Amtrak train derailed in rural southwest Kansas.
Grey County spokeswoman Ashley Rogers says of the 29 people hurt, none has life-threatening injuries.
An Amtrak statement says the train was traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago early Monday when it derailed just after midnight about 20 miles west of Dodge City. Amtrak says the train had about 128 passengers and 14 crew members on board.
Rogers says she went to the scene and saw five cars on their sides and two others that were off the tracks but still standing. She says buses and ambulances have taken the passengers who are not hurt to a community building in the small town of Cimarron to wait while Amtrak makes arrangements to take them to their destinations.
Meanwhile in Michigan, authorities have responded to a freight-train derailment in southeastern Michigan that forced about two dozen cars off the tracks but caused no injuries. The train derailed Sunday morning in Livingston County’s Howell Township. Investigators say a broken section of the track is responsible for the derailment.