Two adult sisters from Kansas were among the four killed when an Amtrak train struck a dump truck in Missouri two days ago – injuring 150.
One of the survivors confirmed to KSHB 41 News that her mother and aunt were among those killed in Monday’s wreck.
The sisters, whose names are not given, were also traveling with their mother at the time. It was not immediately clear if the mother was injured.
The dump truck driver and another train passenger were also killed, authorities said.
None of the victims have been publicly identified. Up to 150 people were taken to 10 hospitals with minor to major injuries, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.
At least 15 people were still hospitalized as of Tuesday evening.
The Amtrak train was traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago when it collided with the rear of the truck at an intersection, causing two locomotives and eight cars to derail.
Investigators said they are in the process of downloading recorder information to determine the train’s speed, when the horn sounded and whether the emergency brake was applied.
Some of that information could be released as early as Wednesday, National Transportation Safety Board Chair Jennifer L. Homendy said.
The intersection in rural western Missouri has no lights or other signals to warn of an approaching train, authorities said.
After the crash, the county’s top elected official said residents and local leaders have been pushing for improved safety at the level crossing for nearly three years.
A spokeswoman for BNSF Railway, which owns the line, declined to comment on “specific talks” about upgrades to the crossing, citing the ongoing investigation into the fatal crash.
With postal wires
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