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National Transportation Safety Board investigators arrived on Sunday evening at the site of an Amtrak train derailment near Joplin, Montana, which authorities said killed three people and wounded some 50 others.

The big picture: 141 passengers and 16 crew members were on the Empire Builder train, traveling from Chicago to Seattle and Portland, Oregon, when eight of the 10 cars derailed about 4p.m. Saturday, per an Amtrak statement.

Photo: Jacob Cordeiro/Twitter
  • Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte told reporters on Sunday that five people remained hospitalized following the derailment. All were in stable conditions.
  • Amanda Frickel, disaster and emergency services coordinator for Hill County, Montana, said injuries to passengers and crew included "minor cuts and bruises, sprains," and "a couple head wounds," per ABC News.
  • Part of the train that had two locomotives was due to arrive in Seattle and another portion in Portland on Sunday morning, KING 5 News notes.

What they're saying: Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn said in a statement Sunday that the company was working closely with the NTSB, the Federal Railroad Administration, local law enforcement and response agencies to cooperate with the investigation.

  • "We share the sense of urgency to understand why the accident happened; however, until the investigation is complete, we will not comment further on the accident itself," Flynn said.
  • "The NTSB will identify the cause or causes of this accident, and Amtrak commits to taking appropriate actions to prevent a similar accident in the future."

For the record: The last recorded fatal incident involving Amtrak occurred in 2018 in South Carolina when a passenger and freight train collided, killing two of the company's employees.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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A veterans medical facility in Montana is planning to accept non-eligible patients as a COVID-19 surge overwhelms nearby hospitals in the state, CNN reports.

Why it matters: The move underscores the dire health situation in Montana due to the latest COVID-19 case surge, where some hospitals in the state have started to consider rationing care, according to the Montana Free Press.

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Responding to charges by Sen. Rand Paul on Sunday's "Axios on HBO," NIAID director Anthony Fauci told "ABC This Week" that it's "molecularly impossible" for U.S.-funded bat virus research in China to have produced COVID-19.

Why it matters: The issue 0f Wuhan research was reignited on the right last week with a National Institutes of Health letter to Congress disclosing more about the research.

Manchin, Schumer huddle with Biden in Delaware to discuss spending bill

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Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will meet with President Biden and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday morning in Delaware as Democrats look to reach an agreement on the massive spending measure.

Driving the news: Democrats are still negotiating what to keep in the bill and how to pay for it, with Biden saying on Thursday that the party does not have the votes to raise the corporate tax rate.