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(CIMARRON, Kan.) — An Amtrak train derailed in southwestern Kansas early Monday morning, injuring at least 32 passengers, officials said.

The accident occurred shortly after midnight local time about 20 miles west of Dodge City, Kansas, Amtrak said in a statement.

Amtrak Southwest Chief Train 4 was traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago when it derailed on a track owned and maintained by BNSF Railway, a freight railroad network, according to Amtrak. The train was carrying about 131 passengers and a crew of 14.

Amtrak said it is working with BNSF to investigate the cause of the accident, which is unknown at this point. The National Transportation Safety Board is also sending a team of investigators.

Of at least 32 injured passengers taken to hospitals in rural Kansas, 29 were discharged later Monday morning, with two reported in critical condition. An earlier statement from the Gray County, Kansas, Sheriff’s Department said one person was transported from the scene of the crash to a hospital by helicopter.

Buses have taken uninjured passengers to a community center to work on travel arrangements in order to reach their final destinations. The Red Cross and other emergency agencies helped those on site.

The train, which consisted of two locomotives and nine cars, was traveling at an unknown speed when it crashed. Seven of the nine cars derailed, according to the Gray County Sheriff’s Department.

Last May, an Amtrak train derailed near Philadelphia, killing eight people and seriously injuring dozens of others when it went faster than the recommended speed around a curve.

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