UPDATED 7:35 AM PT – Monday, September 27, 2021
An Amtrak passenger train carrying over 100 people derailed in Montana. At least three people were killed while others were injured. During a press conference Sunday, Go. Greg Gianforte (R) of Montana confirmed that all passengers have been accounted for.
“Behalf of myself and the first lady, and the entire state of Montana, our thoughts and prayers are with all the individuals and families impacted by this heartbreaking event,” he stated.
The train was traveling westbound from Chicago on Saturday when it derailed near Joplin, Montana. It reportedly included two locomotives and 10 cars with eight of them derailing.
“As far as hospitals, most people were treated and released,” said Sarah Robbin, Emergency Services Coordinator for Liberty County. “There are five still in care at Benefits in Great Falls. All of them are stabilized.”
Additionally, Gianforte said all of the passengers who were on the train have been transported out of Chester, Montana. With the exception of five passengers who remain hospitalized in stable condition, all passengers have been treated and released from medical centers. He added, communities came together to respond and that Montanans have continually proven their resiliency.
“Over the last 18-months, Montanans have faced real, serious challenges, but through it all we’ve seen the resiliency of Montanans,” the governor stated. “That resiliency shown bright here in Chester yesterday with neighbors stepping up and helping neighbors and strangers in need.”
In Chester following yesterday’s Amtrak derailment, I heard dozens of stories of Montanans doing what Montanans do best — neighbors helping neighbors, and strangers, in need.
Our thoughts remain with all those impacted by this tragedy as NTSB conducts a thorough investigation. pic.twitter.com/zAizXaUS2Z
— Governor Greg Gianforte (@GovGianforte) September 26, 2021
The Governor’s Office is now continuing to work with the state, local officials on the ground as well as Amtrack, among others, to understand what caused the derailment.