Amtrak train going around curve at around 80 miles an hour, comes off the rails onto cars during rush hour traffic.
An Amtrak train this morning has derailed with at least 2 of the train cars falling onto the southbound I-5 freeway. There were 78 passengers on the train and 5 crew members. Several cars were involved and this happened during rush hour traffic.
UPDATED: It is being reported that it may have also struck an object on the tracks.
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Authorities have provided some details on injuries. They said that there were no deaths on the freeway, but there were at least 6 deaths on the train.
Six people have been confirmed dead along with over 70 individuals sent to the hospital with injuries ranging from minor to life threatening, according to KIRO.
Amtrak Train derails over freewayAmtrak train 501, which departed shortly before 8 a.m. in Tacoma, was part of a brand new high speed service. This was the first official trip for this route.
Passenger Chris Karnes, who was on board the train when it derailed, said at least seven cars derailed from the tracks. The emergency doors were not functioning correctly, which forced passengers to kick out train windows to escape.
“We had just passed the city of DuPont and it seemed like we were going around a curve,” Karnes said. “All of a sudden, we felt this rocking and creaking noise, and it felt like we were heading down a hill. 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. People were screaming.”
They were not near water and it was thought the water was part of the train’s internal system.
No one on the Freeway in the cars were killed, but there are at least six reported fatalities in the train.
Family members are asked to go to Dupont City Hall and not the freeway. There is also a Facebook check in for survivors to alert concerned family and friends.
Sound Transit, out of Seattle owns the tracks.
WSDOT (Washington State Department of Transportation) owns the cars of the train.
This will be a multiple agency investigation.
The cause of the derailment will remain under investigation for quite some time.