7 injured after train derailment in Kentucky caused by tornado

Seven Amtrak passengers are being treated for injuries after a train derailed in the Kentucky town of Florence Monday evening due to an apparent tornado, myFOXky.com reported.

A second train that was headed to New Orleans instead carrying passengers from Louisville, also to New Orleans, was grounded temporarily in Charleston.

Florence Police Chief Steve Bell said the train derailed after being hit by a possible tornado around 6:15 p.m. ET, which witnesses described as severe.

“It was a tornado down right now,” an announcer on WLKY-TV said. “Florence Fire Department is helping with the cleanup there.”

“Some people had a hand to the floor,” a passenger told WLKY-TV. “A lady had a hand up in the air trying to get away.”

The reports of injuries included broken bones and head injuries. The injuries may have stemmed from tree branches breaking from the storm.

Florence Mayor Mike Nielsen told The Associated Press some would be treated and released from the area hospital. He estimated about 70 passengers were on the Amtrak train that went off the tracks.

“I just hope they’re OK. I just hope they’re all right. It’s always kind of concerning,” Nielsen said.

Amtrak said in a statement, “Our first priority is the safety of our passengers and crew and we are in close contact with local authorities. We have buses on standby to take our passengers to their destinations as quickly as possible.”

The train was headed to St. Louis from Louisville, Ky., when the derailment occurred, according to WLKY-TV.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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