(Chester, Liberty County, Mont) At 3:57 P.M. MST on September 25, 2021, the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office received word of a significant train derailment near Joplin, Montana. The Sheriff’s Office and local fire departments responded immediately. There were between 100 and 150 people on board. There were injuries that were transported to hospitals in the surrounding area. There were at least 3 deaths. Names are not being released until family can be notified. Amtrak is working with the sheriff’s office and local EMS to transport uninjured passengers and reunite all other passengers with family. The National Transportation Safety Board is on its way to investigate the incident.
Our deepest condolences go to the family and friends of the people who were killed in this tragic event. We thank the law enforcement and firefighters for their prompt response and work to rescue passengers.####
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Sheriff Nick Erickson