20 Hurt in SW Chief Derailment in Kansas

Approximately 20 people were treated at hospitals after the eastbound Southwest Chief derailed just after midnight in southwestern Kansas.

Media reports indicated that five Superliner cars had turned over onto their sides. Amtrak said that 140 were aboard the Los Angeles to Chicago train at the time of the derailment.

Amtrak Southwest Chief 2The accident occurred 20 miles west of Dodge City in Gray County alongside U.S. Route 50. Western Plains Medical Complex in Dodge City said it was treating passengers in its emergency room. The hospital said none of those treated thus far had suffered critical injuries.

Some passengers were taken to St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, all of whom were reported to have suffered minor injuries.

Amtrak said that those aboard No. 4 included 128 passengers and 14 crew members. The train had two locomotives and nine cars. The train was traveling on tracks owned by BNSF

Passengers not taken for medical treatment were transported to the 4-H Recreation Center in Cimarron. The Red Cress and other relief agencies were providing blankets, drinks and snacks until Amtrak arranged for alternative transportation.

Amtrak said that the westbound Southwest Chief would detour from Newton, Kansas, to Albuquerque, New Mexico, for trains originating March 13 and 14.

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