An Amtrak derailment near Joplin, Mont., on Saturday, Sept. 25, claimed the lives of three people and saw many more needing medical attention. As of press time, the cause of the derailment was still under investigation.
Liberty County Sheriff Nick Erickson said the incident presented several challenges due to the number of patients, which were transported to five different medical facilities around the state. The passengers were triaged and treated at two community clinic/medical centers in Shelby and Chester. Ten of those with more serious injuries were transported to Great Falls, Havre and Kalispell.
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