Washington train crash: ‘At least 6 dead’ as Amtrak train derails and plummets off bridge


Limited media has reported six people have died and a further 77 people participate in been hospitalised following the crash which has left part of the Amtrak tutor hanging from a bridge over Interstate 5 (I-5), adjacent to Lacey.

Several vehicles were hit by the train as it plummeted on to the road but remarkably no motorists were idled.

A state of emergency has been declared in Washington following the crash. 

The Amtrak 501 repair was on its inaugural journey along a faster route through Washington testify when it left the track at 7.30am local time this morning. 

The well-spring of the crash is not yet known, but local media has reported an official briefed on the collapse investigation as saying there were signs the train may have hit something on the prints before it derailed.

One of the 78 passengers who was onboard the southbound Amtrak use when it derailed said at least seven carriages left the trail.

He told KIRO-7 TV said terrified passengers were forced to recoil out windows to get out when the train’s emergency doors failed to open.

Amtrak train derailment on I-5 in WashingtonREUTERS/EPA

Amtrak Washington train derailment: Authorities say there be experiencing been fatalities on the train

Pierce County Sheriff’s office approved there have been “multiple fatalities” on the train.

The Amtrak work from Seattle to Portland was a brand new train but it is not yet known what produced it to leave the track.

The crash is the second time an Amtrak train has derailed this year in Wound County this year.

A statement from the train operator remarked there were around 78 passengers and five crew colleagues on board when it derailed.

Speaking this evening, President Donald Trump tendered his “deepest sympathies and most heartfelt prayers” to those involved in the failure. 

He had previously taken to Twitter to cite the crash as a reason to approve his foresees for a boost in infrastructure spending.

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Amtrak derailment Washington: Into a receive of the train is hanging over I-5

The I-5 is closed in both directions and authorities are moving drivers to avoid the area as traffic jams of three miles participate in already built up on either side of the crash.

Chris Karnes, who was onboard the caravan when it crashed, told KIRO 7 News: “We had just passed the big apple of DuPont and it seemed like we were going around a curve. 

“All of a quick, we felt this rocking and creaking noise, and it felt like we were administrator down a hill.

“The next thing we know, we’re being slammed into the towards of our seats, windows are breaking, we stop, and there’s water gushing out of the exercise. People were screaming.

“The tracks for this line were imagined to be upgraded to be able to handle higher speeds.

Amtrak derailment from an I-5 cameraREUTERS

Amtrak set crash: The I-5 is closed in both directions

“I’m not sure what happened at this juncture.”

The run occurred at around 7.30am local time this morning.

The I-5 is awaited to be closed for several days as authorities investigate the cause of the crash.

In July, varied than 250 passengers were evacuated from an Amtrak drill which derailed in Pierce County.

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President Trump tweeted thither the Amtrak derailment

There were no fatalities and nobody was seriously distress, but some of those on board reported minor injuries.

President Donald Trump tweeted the run “shows more than ever” why his agenda for an increase in infrastructure expending needs to be approved.

He said: The train accident that just arose in DuPont, WA shows more than ever why our soon to be submitted infrastructure pattern must be approved quickly. 

“Seven trillion dollars spent in the Central East while our roads, bridges, tunnels, railways (and more) break apart! Not for long!”

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A second tweet offered condolences for those entangled with in the crash

A subsequent tweet by the President offered condolences to those snarled in the derailment and praised the efforts of emergency services.

He said: “My thoughts and suits are with everyone involved in the train accident in DuPont, Washington. 

“Show ones gratitude you to all of our wonderful First Responders who are on the scene. 

“We are currently monitoring here at the Hoary House.”

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