Wisconsin Boy Scouts lauded for efforts after Missouri train derailment

MENDON, Mo. (WKBT) — A fourth person died from Monday’s train derailment in rural Missouri, and another 40 people are hurt.

A group of Wisconsin Boy Scouts were on that train when it slammed into a dump truck and flipped seven train cars onto their sides.

The assistant scoutmaster said the boys remained a calm force and jumped in to help injured passengers.

“They helped a lot of people,” said Matt Schultz, Troop 12 Assistant Scoutmaster. “And a lot of people saw faith in them and they trusted them and they came out OK because of it. And I really believe through scouting they were able to do that.”

Schultz said two adults traveling with the group remain hospitalized but are expected to be okay. The scouts are still trying to figure out how they’re going to return home to Appleton.

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