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Updated: 50 injured, multiple fatalities after Amtrak train derails

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(AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

Authorities are now reporting that there are several fatalities and at least 50 people injured in the Amtrak train derailment in Missouri.

The incident occurred on Monday around 1:42 p.m. at a public crossing near the city of Mendon.

According to a statement by the Passenger Rail Company, the train transporting approximately 243 passengers and 12 crew members derailed after striking a dump truck at a public crossing area.

It is unclear how many people where injured at this time.

“There are approximately 243 passengers onboard with early reports of injuries,” company officials said. “Local authorities are currently assisting customers and we have deployed Amtrak resources to assist.”

Images from the scene show the train flipped on it’s side while passengers assisting each other out of it.

According to reports, the train was traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago.

No other details are available at this time.