Amtrak Derails Near Yazoo-Madison County Line
At Least 1 Person Dead, Dozens Injured
POSTED: 9:34 pm CDT April 6, 2004
UPDATED: 10:12 pm CDT April 6, 2004
YAZOO CITY, Miss. -- Authorities said one person was killed and dozens were injured in an Amtrak derailment in rural Mississippi Tuesday evening.
A spokeswoman for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said two people are critically injured, three are seriously injured and 52 have moderate or minor injuries.
Ambulances were dispatched to the derailment scene near the Yazoo-Madison county line.
Amtrak spokesman Dan Stessel said 72 passengers and 12 crew members were aboard the northbound train when it left the tracks.
Nine of the train cars were turned on their sides. Stessel said there was no immediate word on what caused the accident.
Yazoo County sheriff's dispatcher Mary Whisenton said the accident was reported about 7 p.m.
It happened about 25 miles north of Jackson on a New Orleans-to-Chicago route. The stretch of track there is owned by Canadian National Railroad, and officials said there have been previous problems at the location.
Homeland security officials and the FBI said they do not think the train derailed as a result of terrorism.
Gov. Haley Barbour has declared a state of emergency.
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