Governor gives press conference on Amtrak derailment on Sunday
Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte, accompanied by his wife Susan, held a brief press conference Sunday afternoon in Chester, MT, not far from the site of the fatal Amtrak train derailment in which three people were killed. been killed.
ABC Fox Montana was on hand to capture the governor’s statements. Click here to watch the ABC Fox Montana video of Gianforte’s press conference.
The governor provided brief details of the accident.
“Yesterday afternoon an Amtrak passenger train derailed just east of here, just east of Chester Montana,” Gianforte told ABC Fox Montana. “Tragically, three people lost their lives. Five remain hospitalized in the state. I am happy to say that they are in stable condition. All passengers have been counted.
Gianforte then praised the surrounding communities for their immediate response to the incident.
“Rescue teams and ambulances from Chinook, Browning and up to Great Falls have lined up at the incident site and outside the ER to help,” he said. “Community members brought food and supplies. Many passengers were comforted here in this building, and other members of the community voluntarily provided trips to the airport in Great Falls or Kalispell for strangers so that family members could be reunited with those who were ‘they like.
Governor Gianforte then provided an update on the passengers.
“At that point, I was told that all of the passengers who were on the train had been transported out of Chester,” he said. “In addition, with the exception of the five passengers who remain hospitalized in stable condition, all of the passengers have been treated and released from medical centers.”
Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn also made an official statement from Amtrak dot com.
The three people killed have not yet been identified.