Sunday, September 26, 2021
(Chester, Liberty County, Mont)
As of 2:00 Sunday afternoon the Liberty County Sheriff’s office has been able to account for all of the passengers that were on board the Amtrak train that derailed yesterday. Challenges included the number of patients, transports to 5 different medical facilities around the state and manifest discrepancies. The passengers were triaged and treated at two community clinic/medical Center in Chester and Shelby. Ten of those with more serious injuries were transported to Great Falls, Havre and Kalispell. The number of fatalities remains at 3. Next of kin are still being notified so the names will not be released at this time. The Liberty County Sheriff’s has completed its investigation and will be transferring the scene to NTSB when they arrive later today.
Sheriff Erickson thanks the neighboring Counties and their first responders for the assistance, he said, “Or neighbors made a tragic event better and no doubt saved lives.”
Assisting Counties included; Glacier, Hill, Toole, Blaine, Phillips, Pondera, Chouteau and Cascade.
All press inquiries will be handled by Amtrak and by NTSB starting this afternoon.
Sheriff Nick Erickson