Amtrak derailment in Kansas: 5 cars on their side

Published: Mar. 14, 2016 at 3:10 AM EDT
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Five cars of an Amtrak train derailed in southwest Kansas early Monday, sending more than two dozen people to hospitals.

An Amtrak statement said the train was traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago when the passenger cars derailed just after midnight about 20 miles west of Dodge City.

The Kansas Highway Patrol told CBS News the five cars were on their side.

The Western Plains Medical Complex in Dodge City, Kansas told CBS News it took in 16 patients and at least two were in critical condition.

St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City, Kansas told CBS News it was treating 11 patients. None of those injuries was considered life-threatening, the hospital said.

Amtrak says the passengers who weren't injured were brought to a recreation center in Cimarron, Kansas and were being given alternate transportation to their final destinations.

Amtrak says the train consisted of two locomotives and nine cars and had about 128 passengers and 14 crew members on board.

The cause of the mishap was unclear.