UPDATE: Three Dead in Amtrak Derailment in Montana

Amtrak’s Chicago to Seattle passenger train derailed west of Havre, Montana, on Saturday. Photo Courtesy of Jessica Arp. 

UPDATE: Three Dead in Amtrak Derailment in Montana

Updated: 9:30 p.m. MST

By Railfan & Railroad Staff

HAVRE, Mont. — At least three people were killed and many more were injured Saturday when Amtrak’s westbound Empire Builder derailed near Joplin, Mont., about 50 miles west of Havre.

Seven of the train’s 10 cars derailed, with some falling on their side. The train derailed between the Havre and Shelby, Mont., stops on BNSF Railway’s Hi-Line Subdivision. There were 147 passengers and 13 crew members onboard at the time of the derailment.

Amtrak released a statement late Saturday: “At approximately 4 p.m. MT, Empire Builder train 7/27 derailed five cars near Joplin, MT. There are approximately 147 passengers and 13 crew members on board, with injuries reported. Amtrak is working with the local authorities to transport injured passengers and safely evacuate all other passengers. Additional details will be provided as available.”

The National Transportation Safety Board announced late Saturday that they would be launching an investigation into the incident.

Amtrak was also adjusting service along the route. Empire Builder trains 7/27 and 8/28 originating on Saturday, September 25, are canceled between Minot, N.D. and Shelby, Mont. Additionally, on Sunday, Sept. 26, westbound Empire Builder train 7 will terminate in Minneapolis and eastbound Empire Builder train 8 will originate in Minneapolis.

This story will be updated when additional information becomes available. 

Photo Courtesy of Jessica Arp. 

Photo Courtesy of Jessica Arp. 

This article was posted on: September 25, 2021