NATIONAL NEWS

Missouri authorities identify 4 people killed in Amtrak derailment

Jun 29, 2022, 3:19 PM

Members of the National Transportation Safety Board arrive to investigate Monday's Amtrak Derailmen...

Members of the National Transportation Safety Board arrive to investigate Monday's Amtrak Derailment after the train struck a dump truck at an uncontrolled crossing in Mendon, Missouri where four have been reported dead with 150 injured. June 28. (mpi34/MediaPunch /IPX/AP via CNN)

(mpi34/MediaPunch /IPX/AP via CNN)

(CNN) — Missouri authorities on Wednesday identified the four people who were killed when an Amtrak train crashed into a dump truck at a crossing near the town of Mendon earlier this week.

The victims were Billy Barton II, 53, who was driving the dump truck; and train passengers Rochelle Cook, 57; Kim Holsapple, 56; and Binh Pham, 82, the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) said. All but Pham were pronounced dead on the scene, the agency said.

Pham died at a hospital later that same day, MSHP added.

About 150 people were transported to hospitals following the crash for injuries that ranged from “minor to serious in nature,” the MSHP said Tuesday.

University of Missouri Health Care said it cared for 19 patients following the crash. Six patients remained hospitalized Wednesday morning, the health system said on Twitter.

There were roughly 275 passengers and 12 crew members on the train at the time of the accident, the MSHP has said.

Meanwhile, National Transportation Safety Board Chair Jennifer Homendy is expected to hold a media briefing Wednesday evening regarding the derailment, the NTSB announced.

NTSB investigators arrived in Missouri on Tuesday and were trying to gather data such as the train’s speed, Homendy previously said. The speed limit for trains in the area is 90 mph.

An ‘uncontrolled’ crossing

The collision took place shortly after 12:40 p.m. on Monday, according to Amtrak. Eight of the train’s cars and two locomotives left the track, it said.

Preliminary reports indicated that the train, which was traveling to Chicago, struck the truck at a railroad crossing that was “uncontrolled,” which means there were no lights or mechanized arms.

The train has two forward-facing cameras and investigators were also on Tuesday downloading data from the train’s event recorder and checking to see whether the truck’s electronic control module was damaged in the collision, Homendy previously said.

The collision was the third in two days involving an Amtrak train. On Sunday, an Amtrak train passing through an intersection without crossing gates in rural Brentwood, California, collided with a passenger vehicle, killing three people and injuring two others.

Amtrak said in a statement that trespassing on railroad rights-of-way is the leading cause of rail-related deaths, adding the tragic incidents “serve as critical reminders about the importance of obeying the law and of exercising extreme caution around railroad tracks and crossings.”

Also Sunday, a motorist was killed when an Amtrak train collided with a vehicle in Alabama, Birmingham Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Sebastian Carrillo told CNN. In that case, the crossing had arms, audio and visual signs, Carrillo said. A release from the local coroner said the person in the car drove around downed arms.


The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2022 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved.

KSL 5 TV Live

National News

Traffic moves on I-15 in Salt Lake City on Thursday, May 18, 2023. (Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)...

Bryan Mena, CNN

Americans are expected to splurge on travel this summer — again

Millions of Americans have taken to the skies, hit the road, fired up the barbecue grill and jumped into the pool this weekend to celebrate the start of summer 2024. Analysts are expecting the Memorial Day weekend to usher in yet another summer of strong consumer spending on travel and other leisure activities.

2 hours ago

This image released by Sony Pictures shows Garfield, voiced by Chris Pratt, in a scene from the ani...

Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press

‘Furiosa,’ ‘Garfield’ lead slowest Memorial Day box office in decades

Movie theaters are looking more and more like a wasteland this summer. Neither “ Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga ” nor “ The Garfield Movie ” could save Memorial Day weekend, which is cruising towards a two-decade low.

3 hours ago

Sam Lemon, right, speaks during a news conference with Susie Williams Carter, center, and lawyer Mi...

Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN

A Black teen wrongfully executed for murdering a White woman in 1931. Now, his family is suing to defend his name

More than 90 years after Alexander McClay Williams was wrongfully executed, his family is suing the Delaware County, Pennsylvania, for damages, alleging he was sentenced to the electric chair for a crime he did not commit.

5 hours ago

Damage is seen at a truck stop the morning after a tornado rolled through, Sunday, May 26, 2024, in...

Sean Murphy and Julio Cortez, The Associated Press

At least 15 dead after severe weather carves path of ruin across multiple states in the South

Powerful storms have killed at least 14 people and left a wide trail of destruction across Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. The weather obliterated homes and destroyed a truck stop where drivers took shelter during the latest deadly weather to strike the central U.S.

6 hours ago

Passengers check in at San Francisco International Airport on May 24, 2024 in San Francisco, Califo...

Rebekah Riess, CNN

TSA sets new record Friday for most travelers screened in a single day

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that it set a new record for most travelers screened in a single day on Friday, according to a post from the agency on X, formerly known as Twitter.

23 hours ago

President Joe Biden at the US Military Academy commencement ceremony in West Point, New York, on Ma...

Aileen Graef, Athena Jones and Shania Shelton, CNN

Biden touts expansion of NATO and actions in the Middle East during West Point commencement

President Joe Biden touted the expansion of NATO, his actions in the Middle East and progress in lowering military sexual assaults in a commencement address to the West Point graduating class Saturday.

1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Electrician repairing ceiling fan with lamps indoors...

Lighting Design

Stay cool this summer with ceiling fans

When used correctly, ceiling fans help circulate cool and warm air. They can also help you save on utilities.

Side view at diverse group of children sitting in row at school classroom and using laptops...

PC Laptops

5 Internet Safety Tips for Kids

Read these tips about internet safety for kids so that your children can use this tool for learning and discovery in positive ways.

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why Printer Security Should Be Top of Mind for Your Business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Missouri authorities identify 4 people killed in Amtrak derailment