3 deaths reported after Amtrak train derails in US

US media say at least three people were killed and more than 50 others injured after an Amtrak train derailed in the western state of Montana.

The passenger train jumped the tracks near Joplin at around 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Amtrak says the train, which was traveling westbound from Chicago, was carrying nearly 160 passengers and crew members.

The Associated Press and other outlets say three people have been confirmed dead. The New York Times reports more than 50 injuries.

Amtrak says the train consisted of two locomotives and 10 cars, with eight of those cars derailing.

Images from the scene show several double-decker cars off the tracks, with some on their sides, as well as apparent survivors near the tracks.

Local authorities are conducting rescue operations and investigating the cause.