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In this photo provided by Kimberly Fossen, people work at the scene of an Amtrak train derailment Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, in north-central Montana. Several people were injured when the train that connects Seattle to Chicago derailed on Saturday, the railroad agency said.

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  • Empire Builder from Chicago to Seattle derailed near Joplin, Montana.
  • A sheriff has confirmed that at least three people are dead.
  • More than 50 people were reportedly injured.

A team of federal investigators was heading to the site of a train derailment in Montana on Sunday that killed three people.

Amtrak’s Empire Builder train from Chicago to Seattle derailed around 4 p.m. MDT (6 p.m. EDT) just outside Joplin, Montana, The New York Times reported Saturday night.

Of the dozens of people injured, seven remained in hospital on Sunday, the Associated Press reported.

The train had about 141 passengers and 16 crew on board, according to an Amtrak statement. The train had two locomotives and 10 cars. Seven of those cars derailed, the statement said.

The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that three people died, The New York Times reported.

Liberty County Sheriff Nick Erickson said the names of the dead will not be released until next of kin are notified.

Amanda Frickel, Hill County Disaster and Emergency Services Coordinator, told The Times that “well over” 50 people were injured. Most of these people were treated and released.

“All of those alive were extracted from the wreckage,” Frickel said.

The National Transportation and Safety Board was sending 14 people, including investigators and rail signal specialists, to investigate the cause of the derailment, NTSB spokesman Eric Weiss told AP.

Passenger Megan Vandervest said she woke up with a start when the derailment began on Saturday afternoon.

“My first thought was that we were going off the rails because, to be honest, I have anxiety and I’ve heard stories of trains going off the rails,” Vandervest, who is from Minneapolis, told Reuters. Times. “My second thought was that it was crazy. We would not derail. Like, that’s not happening.

The car she was traveling in remained on the tracks, but the one behind hers had overturned and three others were off the track.

The crash scene is about 150 miles north of Helena and about 30 miles from the border with Canada.

The weather seemed sunny at the time of the derailment.

Jacob Cordeiro, another passenger on the train, so passengers who could walk were taken to a local high school.

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