A dump truck driver thought he could outrun a speeding train.
The four people who were killed when an Amtrak train crashed
into a dump truck Monday in rural mid-Missouri have been
The driver of the truck was identified as Billy Barton II, 54,
of Brookfield, Missouri, the Missouri State Highway Patrol
announced on Wednesday.
The passengers who died were identified as Rachelle Cook, 58,
and Kim Holsapple, 56, both of De Soto, Kansas; and Binh Pham,
82, of Kansas City. Cook and Holsapple were declared dead at the
scene, the highway patrol said. Pham was pronounced dead Tuesday
at a hospital in Columbia.
The Amtrak crash Monday afternoon in Mendon, about 115 miles
northeast of Kansas City, left 150 people injured. As of
Wednesday, at least 13 remained hospitalized.
The injured were taken from the scene by helicopter, ambulance
and private vehicle to 10 hospitals across the state, officials
said, including in Kansas City, Columbia and Chillicothe.
Amtrak officials said 275 passengers and 12 crew members were on
the train headed from Los Angeles to Chicago when several cars
A 14-member team from the National Transportation Safety Board
arrived at the crash scene Tuesday morning to begin
investigating the collision at the uncontrolled crossing.
Mary Schiavo, former U.S. Department of Transportation inspector
general, told The Star that the steep grade and condition of the
railroad crossing will be the focus of the investigation.
On Tuesday, National Transportation Safety Board Chair Jennifer
Homendy said the agency was beginning its investigation by
examining the events leading up to the crash. Evidence gathering
was to include a digital download of information from the on-
board recording system, Homendy said, which would show factors
such as the use of the train horn, the speed of the train before
impact and how the brakes were applied.
The safety board did not have any concerns about mechanical
issues on the train or the tracks, she said.