At least 6 killed in Amtrak train derailment outside Seattle

At least 6 killed in Amtrak train derailment outside Seattle”

The train, No. 501, was carrying about 78 passengers and five crew members, according to Amtrak. Monday morning marked the first trip along a new route for Amtrak's Seattle-to-Portland trains.

Sound Transit owns the curve of track where train derailed, and confirmed the 30 miles per hour limit.

Terrified travellers escaped the train by kicking out windows, passenger Chris Karnes said. The weekend and holiday southbound morning train (Train 505) will change from a 9:35 a.m. departure from Portland to a 12:30 p.m. departure.

AMTRAK 501: Uh, we were coming around the corner to take the bridge over I-5 there, right north into Nisqually and we went on the ground.

The high-speed Amtrak train was making its inaugural journey when it came off the tracks and fell onto a busy interstate highway.

The crash killed at least three people. Officials said it was "too early" to tell why the train was going that fast.

"Additional information to follow when available", the tweet said.

The Amtrak train derailment on December 18 occurred close to where the new Cascades route reconnects to the original route.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency for the counties affected by the derailment and asked motorists to avoid traveling on Interstate 5 while the Washington Department of Transportation works on alternate routes.

"When accidents like this happen and tragedies like this happen - there is a local impact", she said. "We have a number of people dead".

A witness told KOMO-TV that after the derailment, dozens of people jumped out of their cars in the northbound lanes to help.

In many cases, federal law preempts state law when it comes to regulating train traffic.

Donald Trump said Monday that a deadly train derailment in the state of Washington has proved the need for a nationwide push to fix crumbling infrastructure - before officials commented on the cause of the crash.

Local news sources reported that part of the train flipped onto the highway - landing on vehicles below.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), who warned about delaying positive train control at the time, tweeted Monday that the technology "must be implemented immediately".

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