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(Reuters) - Several cars on Amtrak's Southwest Chief train from Los Angeles to Chicago with 128 passengers and 14 crew on board derailed early on Monday about 20 miles west of Dodge City, Kansas, Amtrak said.
Local emergency services were at the scene of the accident, which occurred on track owned by BNSF, according to Amtrak.
Amtrak said the derailment of the train, Southwest Chief Train 4 with two locomotives and nine cars, occurred just after midnight CDT.
Local media reported that five cars of the Amtrak passenger train derailed. Images from the scene on media web sites showed cars either on their side or leaning precariously. The derailment forced the closure of U.S. Highway 50.
The mother of one passenger told local television that her daughter, who was on board, was helped out of a window after the derailment, which followed a period of the train shaking at about 75 miles per hour.
Amtrak said it was working with BNSF to investigate cause of the derailment.
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