Amtrak Train Derails, Crashes Onto Interstate In Washington

19 December, 2017, 11:02 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • Curve where Amtrak train derailed in Washington has speed limit of 30 mph

At least three people have died and 100 injured after a train derailed while crossing a highway bridge in Washington state.

But what was supposed to be a joyous morning turned into tragedy as the first Amtrak Cascades train to traverse the route derailed, killing several people.

Survivor Chris Karnes said the train had passed the city of DuPont when he heard "rocking and creaking".

"The next thing we know, we're being slammed into the front of our seats, windows are breaking, we stop, and there's water gushing out of the train".

None of the fatalities were motorists who were in cars and trucks when the southbound train came off the tracks on a bridge over the Interstate 5 route in Washington state, said Ed Troyer, a spokesman with the Pierce County Sheriff's office. A USA official said the death toll was likely to rise.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency after Amtrak train 501 derailed about 7:30 a.m. local time along Interstate 5 as it was leaving the new Tacoma station.

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"Let me begin by expressing our deepest sympathies and most heartfelt prayers to the victims of the train derailment in Washington state", Trump said.

"We got cars everywhere and down onto the highway", he said. The trains were expected to reach speeds of 79 miles (127 kilometers) per hour through the densely populated area with the improved systems and track.

An Amtrak train hurtled over a bridge across Interstate 5 in Washington State on Monday, which the Associated Press reported led to the deaths of six people and an estimated 77 injuries.

"Come back when there is that accident and try to justify not putting in those safety enhancements, or you can go back now and advocate for the money to do it, because this project was never needed and endangers our citizens", he told local outlet KOMO news earlier in December.

US President Donald Trump said the accident underscored the need to invest in infrastructure. "I saw a little bit of both", Konzelman said.

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