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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The first lawsuits have been filed only days after an Amtrak train collision and derailment in rural Missouri that left four people dead and injured up to 150 others.

Amtrak and BNSF Railway Co. filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the concrete contracting company that owns the dump truck hit Monday by the passenger train, the Kansas City Star reported.

That lawsuit blames MS Contracting, of Brookfield, Missouri, for the crash, saying the train was “clearly visible” and that truck driver was careless in crossing the tracks.

Phone calls to MS Contracting rang unanswered Friday morning.

The crossing where the collision occurred has no lights, signals or gates to warn of an approaching train. Before the crash, area residents had expressed concerns about the safety of the crossing, described by locals and a federal transportation safety official as very steep. Chariton County leaders have been pushing for a safety upgrade at the railroad crossing for nearly three years, presiding county commissioner Evan Emmerich said this week.

The truck driver, Billy Barton II, 54, of Brookfield, died in the collision, along with three passengers on the train. His widow, Erin Barton, also sued Thursday, filing a wrongful-death lawsuit in state court against Chariton County and a BNSF official that cited the crossing as unsafe.

Chariton County Attorney Brandon Shelton did not immediately return a phone message left Friday morning by The Associated Press seeking comment on the lawsuit.

Two train passengers — Rochelle Cook, 58, and Kim Holsapple, 56, both of DeSoto, Kansas, died at the scene. A third passenger, 82-year-old Binh Phan, of Kansas City, Missouri, died Tuesday at a hospital. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said up to 150 people also were injured.

The Southwest Chief was traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago when it hit the truck near Mendon. Two locomotives and eight cars derailed. Amtrak officials said about 275 passengers and 12 crew members were aboard. The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday that the train was going about 87 mph (140 kph), under the 90 mph (145 kph) speed limit, when the collision happened.

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Frightening video shows the moment a helicopter starts spinning frantically in mid-air just seconds before crashing and killing three Mexican soldiers

Three marines were killed and two others were injured after their helicopter plummeted into a field in southeastern Mexico.

The helicopter was spotted by a resident hovering near a port in Centla, Tabasco, when it suddenly crashed Saturday afternoon.

According to Navy, the aircraft was conducting a reconnaissance flight in the region.

It spun around multiple times before it fell from the sky, a cellphone video showed.

Additional footage showed residents from a public housing complex and authorities rushing to the crash site located near a school for kindergarteners and rescued two soldiers as smoked rose from the wreckage.

A resident in the southeastern Mexico city of Centla recorded the moment a Navy helicopter spun out of control and crashed on a field on Saturday, killing three marines and injuring two others

Residents and first responders carry one of the two injured marines after their helicopter crashed during a flight mission in Tabasco, Mexico, on Saturday

A resident stands on top of the wrecked helicopter as it billowed during the attempted to pull out the two surviving marines who were injured in the crash that killed three servicemen 

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The servicemen were rushed to a naval hospital in the Tabasco town of Frontera and treated for their injuries.

The Navy said an investigation in underway to determine the cause of the tragic accident.  

The incident follows the July 15 helicopter crash that killed 14 agents on a mission to capture drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero died.

Three Mexican Navy helicopters have been involved in crashes in 2022, with the most recent accident having taken place Saturday in Centla, Tabasco

Marines flushed out Caro Quintero with a bloodhound in the northwestern state of Sinaloa, one of Mexico's drug-trafficking heartlands, before the Black Hawk chopper came down as it was about to land south in Los Mochis.

Investigators found that the crash was caused because the helicopter did not have sufficient fuel.

A Navy helicopter also crashed at Mazatlán International Airport on April 26 and left four soldiers with injuries.

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