An Amtrak passenger train on its inaugural run in Washington state derailed, with cars crashing down to the highway below as the morning rush hour peaked.
Police say there were “multiple” fatalities on board the train, which struck vehicles on the I-5 highway below. About 77 people have been hospitalized and at least six people were killed.
Images from the scene show that all the high-speed train’s cars appear to have lept off the track as Amtrak’s passenger service made its first run on a new, shorter route.
Train 501 left Seattle, heading south for Portland, at 6 a.m. local time. The derailment happened south of Tacoma, on a section of track previously only used for freight trains.
Chris Karnes, a passenger, described the train crash, saying “We could feel cars crumpling.”
“The train accident that just occurred in DuPont, WA shows more than ever why our soon to be submitted infrastructure plan must be approved quickly,” President Donald Trump said on Twitter. “Seven trillion dollars spent in the Middle East while our roads, bridges, tunnels, railways (and more) crumble! Not for long!”
Some critics slammed Trump for promoting his upcoming infrastructure plan rather than offering his condolences to the victims.
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