25 September 2021: Joplin, Montana

Three people were killed and more than 50 were hurt when eight cars of an Amtrak train derailed near Joplin, Montana. Rescuers had to extricate passengers from the cars that tipped over and came to a halt in the grass and dirt knoll off the sides of the rails. Amtrak stated that at “4 p.m. MT on Saturday, Sept. 25, Empire Builder train 7/27, traveling westbound from Chicago to Seattle/Portland, derailed operating on BNSF tracks near Joplin, MT. There were 146 passengers and 16 crew members onboard. The train consisted of two locomotives and 10 cars, with eight of those cars derailing.” The tracks in the area are run by BNSF Railway. The National Transportation Safety Board launched a go team. A statement from Amtrak said: “Our Incident Response Team has been initiated, and we are sending emergency personnel and Amtrak leadership to the scene to help support our passengers, our employees and their families with their needs.” Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn, Amtrak President Stephen Gardner and the company’s chief safety and operations executives went to Montana to the accident site to support National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Railroad Administration investigators and officials to ensure any assistance necessary is made available to them.