On March 13, 2016, about 9:30 a.m. central daylight time, an unattended two-axle agricultural truck loaded with cattle feed rolled away from the Cimarron Crossing Feeders feedlot, in Cimarron, Kansas.1 The truck rolled down a hill, across a highway, and collided with the BNSF Railway (BNSF) railroad tracks. The collision caused a lateral shift in the tracks at milepost (MP) 372.09. At 12:02 a.m. the next day, an eastbound Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation) passenger train derailed while crossing the misaligned tracks.
The Los Angeles-to-Chicago train, which had two locomotives and 10 cars, was operating on the La Junta Subdivision. The last four cars derailed on their sides, and two other cars derailed upright. Of the 130 passengers and 14 Amtrak employees on board, 28 were injured. Amtrak and the BNSF estimated the damages to be more than $1.4 million.