Amtrak derailment: At least 3 people are dead after an Amtrak train derailed in Montana

Authorities would not speak on the number of injured or the extent of their injuries.

A statement from the railway said five cars from Amtrak’s Empire Builder train 7/27 derailed near Joplin, Montana, injuring an undisclosed number of passengers.

The incident occurred around 4 p.m. local time, the statement said. At the time, there were about 147 passengers and 13 crew members on board.

“Amtrak is working with the local authorities to transport injured passengers, and safely evacuate all other passengers,” the statement added. “Additional details will be provided as available.”

The Empire Builder travels between Chicago-St.Paul/Minneapolis-Spokane-Portland/Seattle, according to Amtrak’s website, and offers passengers a chance to “experience the rugged splendor of the American West.

“Traveling between Chicago and the Pacific Northwest along major portions of the Lewis and Clark Trail, the mighty Empire Builder takes you on an exciting adventure through majestic wilderness, following in the footsteps of early pioneers,” the website adds.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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