Several cars of a long-distance train derailed Monday afternoon in the US state of Missouri, with early reports of injuries among the nearly 250 passengers, the rail company said.
“There are approximately 243 passengers onboard with early reports of injuries,” the company said in a statement, adding that it had dispatched employees to assist local authorities in the response.
Images shared on social media showed at least five railcars on their side in a corn field, with passengers climbing out the windows and doors.
AFP was not able to immediately confirm the authenticity of the images.
The derailment comes one day after another Amtrak-operated train collided with a passenger vehicle at a railroad crossing in California, resulting in three deaths.
The crossing involved did not have guards, and a local fire official said it was not uncommon to have accidents there, the local NBC affiliate reported.