Amtrak train derails from bridge onto Interstate 5 near Olympia

Marlene Weaver
December 19, 2017

An Amtrak train derailed on Monday roughly 64 kilometers south of Seattle killing three people and over 50 others were hospitalised, spilling cars onto a busy interstate.

An Amtrak train derailed south of Seattle on Monday, and authorities reported "injuries and casualties".

Amtrak reported in a statement that 78 passengers and five crew members were aboard the train when it crashed.

At least one train vehicle was left dangling from the overpass while another flipped over on Interstate 5 below.

Monday's southbound Seattle-to-Portland train, whose scheduled departure time was 6am (1400 GMT), was the first to take the new route, which uses tracks owned by a commuter line.

Eight died on May 12, 2015 when an Amtrak train linking Washington and NY with 243 people on board derailed in Philadelphia, killing eight and injuring more than 200.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said the National Transportation Safety Board is now charged with a thorough investigation.

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

According to several local reports, Lakewood Mayor Don Anderson was against the new bypass project and expressed his concerns when WSDOT workers came to Lakewood to give an update on the high-speed rail plan.

"We were coming around the corner to take the bridge over I-5 there right north of Nisqually and we went on the ground". "After the accident, we had to kick out the emergency window and climb down the embankment in order to get help for the injured passenger".

The new bypass, which takes the Amtrak train inland along the west side of Interstate 5, was created to allow for the addition of two new round-trip trains.

"I'm not sure what happened", he said.

US President Donald Trump said the crash illustrated the need for infrastructure improvements.

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.

Other reports by Insurance News

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