Amtrak Train Derails in Missouri; About 20 Minor Injuries Reported

BLACKWELL, Mo. (AP) -- An Amtrak train carrying 103 people derailed in eastern Missouri after apparently striking boulders on the tracks from a rockslide, officials said Thursday. About 20 people sustained minor injuries.

The Texas Eagle, which runs between Chicago and San Antonio derailed around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday while carrying 90 passengers and 13 crew members, Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham said.

The train was moving slowly through a winding area near Blackwell, about 50 miles southwest of St. Louis, when it apparently struck the rockslide, Jefferson County Sheriff Glenn Boyer said Thursday. He described boulders about half the size of a car hood on the track.

''We're fortunate the engineer had to slow down,'' Boyer said. ''It probably could have been a lot more serious.''

The cause of the slide was not known, but the area had received about 1