Amtrak Train Derails In Washington State, ‘Multiple Fatalities’ Reported

This morning, an Amtrak train derailed in Washington State causing multiple fatalities and dozens of injuries. The train departed Tacoma, Washington just before 8 a.m. on a brand new route which launched today. Atleast 3 people were killed.

Five motor vehicles, along with two semi-trucks were hit by the derailed train The train’s cars were scattered around the surrounding woods.

The Cascades service from Seattle to Portland was supposed to be rated for a maximum of 79 m.p.h. from where it derailed in DuPont. The last known speed of the train was 81 m.p.h.

According to updated reports, the train was going roughly 80 m.p.h. in a 30 m.p.h. zone where it crashed.

Passengers say that after the derailment, emergency doors weren’t working correctly, so they had to knock out windows to exit.

“We heard a creaking [sound],” Chris Karnes told ABC News. “The train started to wobble for a moment. And then we were catapulted at the seats in front of us and the next thing that we knew, our car had crumpled at a portion at the top and we were down an embankment.”

Kimberley Reason, a spokeswoman for the Regional Transit Authority claims that the track was recently updated so that the state’s department of transportation could run the brand new Cascade route there.

Updates will be posted as they come in.

— PJ Amirata

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