Several people were hurt after an Amtrak train derailed in Missouri, according to the passenger rail operator.

As per the company, the train collided with a dump truck at a public crossing in the city of Mendon at around 1:42 p.m. CT.

Mendon is about a hundred miles northeast of Kansas City. The train was travelling from Los Angeles to Chicago.

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According to the 2020 census, it is a city in western Chariton County, Missouri, with a population of 163.

History of the town 

Christopher Shupe designed Mendon in 1871.

The arrival of the Chicago, Santa Fe, and California Railroad in the 1880s presented the inhabitants of Mendon with a significant decision. Over a mile away, the train line was supposed to pass. When the railroad tracks were completed in 1887 and 1888, they created a new Mendon at the present position, and the former location was mostly deserted.

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By 1899, the town had grown to include over twenty establishments, a school, a bank, and two hotels. The Mendon Citizen was the first newspaper to be produced in 1886. In the late 1890s, the estimated population was 350 people.

The town presently

Even though the Santa Fe railroad still runs through on a regular basis, little of Mendon’s economic community survives.

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Northwestern High School educates the residents of the town and the adjacent rural area. The athletic and academic teams at the school compete in Missouri Class 1, the smallest of all categories.

Mendon’s closeness to the Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge has proven to be a source of money for the village, with companies catering to the region’s waterfowl hunters.