Amtrak Train Derails On Overpass In Washington State, Causing 'Multiple Fatalities'

19 December, 2017, 10:59 | Author: Colin Gill
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"Multiple" people were killed early today when an Amtrak passenger train derailed in Washington state near the city of Tacoma, sending cars flying off a bridge and onto a busy interstate, officials said. Nine of the injured are in a serious condition.

The Amtrak 501 train was the first train of a high-speed Cascades commuter service from Seattle to Portland launched on Monday morning. A U.S. official said the death toll was likely to rise.

"No fatalities on the roadway". At this time, all lanes of traffic remain blocked on Interstate 5 in Pierce County, about 22 miles southwest of Tacoma.

The service was supposed to be rated for a maximum speed of 79 miles per hour for the section where it derailed in DuPont, according to passenger Chris Karnes.

The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, or Amtrack, said in a statement that there were 78 passengers and five crew members on board the train.

"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". "I'm not sure what happened at this juncture".

He said he and Hoverson climbed inside the trains and moved wreckage out of the way to find passengers who might be stuck inside.

"The only auto that is on the tracks is the rear locomotive".

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Local officials had warned only weeks ago that the track still might not be safe enough to handle trains at higher speeds.

The maximum speed along the stretch of track, known as Point Defiance Bypass, is 79mph, according to information about the project posted online by the Washington State Department of Transportation.

"Come back when there is that accident, and try to justify not putting in those safety enhancements", he said, according to KOMO News.

US President Donald Trump used the tragedy to push for his proposed infrastructure reform before offering his condolences 10 minutes later.

The train accident that just occurred in DuPont, WA shows more than ever why our soon to be submitted infrastructure plan must be approved quickly.

Daniel Konzelman, and his girlfriend, Alicia Hoverson, were among the first on the scene after an Amtrak train derailed traveling along an overpass in Washington state.

At the time, analysts said positive train control technology could have prevented the accident.

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