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NTSB begins investigation into Joplin derailment


Last updated 9/28/2021 at 12:59pm

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Crews work Monday on clean-up and inspection at the Amtrak derailment site near Joplin.

A National Transportation Safety Board team completed Monday its first full day of investigation into the Amtrak derailment near Joplin last week that took three lives and held a brief press conference on the project so far Monday afternoon.

The Empire Builder derailment occurred just west of Joplin about 4 p.m. Saturday, hospitalizing several people and injuring dozens of others on top of the three that were killed.

Liberty County Coroner's Office has released the names of the fatalities, husband and wife Donald Varnadoe, 74, and Marjorie Varnedoe, 72, of Georgia and Zachariah Schneider,...

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