Published: Tue, December 19, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

'Injuries and casualties' as Amtrak train derails onto highway near Seattle

'Injuries and casualties' as Amtrak train derails onto highway near Seattle

Washington State Patrol spokeswoman Brooke Bova says the train had 12 cars and two engines traveling between Tacoma and Portland, Oregon.

The deaths "are all contained to the train", said Ed Troyer, the Pierce County Sheriff's Office spokesman.

Karnes said: "There are several cars that are hanging over the overpass".

At least six people were killed after an Amtrak train derailed and fell off. He said the track appeared relatively undisturbed, so it seemed unlikely that something knocked the train off the track, and he noted that it appeared the train drove in a straight line missing the turn.

"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".

"We will do everything in our power to support our passengers and crew and their families", Anderson said. Officials blamed speed and human error in that case, saying the engineer approached a drawbridge going faster than the 40-mph speed limit.

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The rerouting takes trains along I-5, enabling them to reach speeds of 79 miles per hour (127km/h).

"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.

Danae Orlob told CNN there was a semi and a crushed truck underneath the train cars.

US President Donald Trump said the crash illustrated the need for infrastructure improvements. "Not for long!" he tweeted.

All southbound lanes of Interstate 5 were closed south of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and motorists were being warned to avoid the area. Part of that retrofit was to include positive train control systems that can prevent risky situations such as excessive speed.

Amtrak confirmed its train was involved but did not provide further information.

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