Amtrak : Wednesday March 15, 2000
No life-threatening injuries reported in derailment southwest of Topeka this morning
Amtrak Support Team on the Scene to Provide Aid and Comfort to
Customers and Crewmembers
At approximately 2:10 a.m. CST, train # 3, the westbound Southwest Chief operating from Chicago
to Los Angeles, derailed in Carbondale, Kansas, 18 miles southwest of Topeka. Local authorities report that 29 passengers have been taken to three local hospitals, none with life-threatening
injuries. Of the 29 passengers injured, 27 have been treated and released while two passengers continue to receive medical treatment.
There were 155 passengers and crewmembers on board the train. Customers requiring medical
assistance were taken to the following local hospitals: St. Francis Hospital, Veterans Hospital and Stormant Vail Hospital.
An Amtrak support team is on the scene providing aid and comfort to all its customers and
crewmembers. The train has been fully evacuated with customers taken to the Days Inn in Topeka. Amtrak is in the process of making arrangements to provide them with alternate transportation to their
destinations. Amtrak has established a toll-free number for relatives and friends of customers on board to call for information. That number is 1-800-523-9101.
The 27-car train consisted of four locomotives and a mix of passenger cars and mail and express
cars. Six passenger cars and 10 mail and express cars derailed.
The cause of the accident is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, the
Federal Railroad Administration, Amtrak, and the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway which owns and maintains the tracks and dispatches trains on that route.
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