2 Appleton Boy Scout troops aboard Amtrak that derailed in Missouri

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APPLETON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Two Appleton Boy Scout troops returning from New Mexico were aboard the Amtrak train that derailed in Mendon, Missouri after colliding with a dump truck Monday, July 27. 

The Amtrak passenger train was heading towards Chicago when it went over a crossing. That's when it hit a dump truck, flipping seven train cars. 

When it derailed, 243 people were on board, including 16 kids and eight adults from two Appleton Boy Scout troops. 

Officials say the Boy Scouts on board were returning from a two-week wilderness retreat. 

Troop leaders say two adults with their group and two Scouts were taken to the hospital, but nothing appears to be serious. One leader who was not on the train says the adults and Scouts stayed to help the injured, including comforting the truck driver in his final moments. 

"One Scout stayed with the truck driver and got him some water and comforted him," said Dan Skrypczak, Appleton Troop 73 Scout Master. "They were sitting on that derailed train for quite a while before the State Patrol and sheriff and others were able to get there, so I'm very proud of these Scouts."

Dozens of others were reported hurt in the derailment. 

The National Transportation Safety Board says a 14-person team will be investigating the crash.

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