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Amtrak schedule disrupted by Montana derailment



The daily Amtrak trains that serve La Crosse will have a shortened schedule for a couple of days, because of a Montana derailment that killed three people. 

Amtrak says the Empire Builder will operate only between Chicago and St. Paul through Tuesday.  Service west of St. Paul, to Seattle and Portland, is cancelled while Saturday’s derailment is being investigated. 

The rail service is working with authorities in the Joplin, Montana area to get medical help to injured riders.  Eight of the 12 cars on the westbound train went off the rails, with some cars tipping onto their sides. 

The Empire Builder route between the Twin Cities and Chicago, including La Crosse and Winona, will run as scheduled.  

There were 141 passengers and 17 crew members aboard at the time of the accident.    

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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