Amtrak train derails near Cimarron; about 20 taken to area hospitals for injuries

An Amtrak Southwest Chief passenger train carrying more than 140 people derailed shortly after midnight Monday about 2 1/2 miles west of Cimarron, injuring about 20 people.

According to an Amtrak statement on the accident, there were approximately 131 passengers and 14 crew members on board. Local emergency responders were on the scene and an investigation is ongoing.

Rex Beemer, Gray County assistant emergency manager and rural fire coordinator, said the accident occurred at about 12:04 a.m. when the last several cars of the train tipped on their side.

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