Hospitals across Missouri received more than 50 patients who were injured when an Amtrak train in northern Missouri collided with a dump truck Monday afternoon.
At least 200 people were on the train traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago when it derailed near Mendon, Missouri, a town about 100 miles northeast of Kansas City, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Three people were killed, and while the patrol said injury numbers are unknown, Missouri hospitals counted at least 51 patients by 7 p.m.
Those who were injured were transported by ambulance and helicopter to hospitals around the state, including University Hospital and Boone Hospital Center, both in Columbia, and University Health Hospital in Kansas City.
Boone Hospital Center received 28 patients, according to spokesman Ben Cornelius, who said most had “more minor” injuries. He said he didn’t expect any patients arriving at Boone to have life-threatening injuries or be in critical condition.
Nine patients were brought to University Hospital, and multiple had been transported by helicopter, University of Missouri Health Care PR strategist Eric Maze said. He said “that number could continue to go up” as officials assessed more people at the scene of the crash.
Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe, about 45 miles west of the crash site, received seven patients by ambulance, according to spokeswoman Lindsey Stitch. Stitch didn’t have a condition report but said she didn’t expect any of the patients to require transfers to other facilities.
Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall, about 35 miles south of the crash site, received six patients, Marketing Director Amy Weber said. Some of those patients had been discharged, and the hospital was working with local emergency management to find them overnight housing in the area.
One patient was transported by helicopter to University Health in Kansas City, according to spokesman Keith King. He didn’t know about the patient’s condition but said in a statement the downtown facility “is a federally designated Level 1 Trauma Center equipped to handle severe injuries.”
St. Luke’s and the University of Kansas Medical Center, two other Level 1 trauma centers, didn’t have any patients from the crash as of around 5:45 p.m. Monday.