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Amtrak train derails in Montana, at least 3 dead

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Story updated at 3:08 p.m. ET with new information about the death toll.

The Amtrak train derailed Sunday morning in Montana, leaving three dead and dozens injured, officials said.

The initial report of four people killed by the accident went out around 11:35 a.m. ET. As of 3:08 p.m. ET, three people had been identified as the first victim, according to the Elko County Sheriff’s Office. The other two victims’ identities will be released at a later time, the sheriff’s office said.

The National Transportation Safety Board said a train crew had been dispatched to the scene of the crash after the train reportedly came off the rails at a speed of 79 mph in a 50 mph zone.

#BREAKING: Train derails near Glasgow, Montana: Lanes on Interstate 90 and U.S. Highway 93 have been shut down, however there are no reports of damage to homes. — KTLA (@KTLA) October 14, 2018

The track in the incident is owned by Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, which is the oil pipeline provider to the Alyeska Pipeline and Interstate 90 pipeline system, according to Alyeska’s website. The tracks in the incident are owned by Alyeska.

Alyeska said it is working with the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and Amtrak on the investigation.

“At this time, we have no reason to believe there was a direct cause of the derailment,” Alyeska said.

An Amtrak spokesman said in a statement Sunday afternoon that the train was Amtrak 501, a passenger train using Amtrak’s Empire Builder route between Chicago and Seattle. He said 12 crew members and 147 passengers were on board.

The Amtrak train Derailment in a rural area in the town of Glasgow, about 230 miles northeast of Minneapolis. Train 501 is the Empire Builder which goes between Chicago, Seattle and Portland, Oregon. Story continues below Pic by @lpichtospenfiest @Herda_Hamilton A post shared by Craig Bergspenfeest (@jpagenfeld) on Oct 14, 2018 at 12:24pm PDT

The NTSB’s Jefferson Simpson said the train was traveling south when it derailed.

It was heading to Seattle, where the trip typically ends in Pullman, Washington, Simpson said. He said the damage looks like a “completely intact railroad spike” that popped off the tracks.

There was an earlier report that said a runaway train had derailed. But Simpson said it was too early to tell if that was true.

There were 5,800 passengers traveling on this train, Simpson said.

Simpson said the train was on the rails when it went off the tracks.

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